Volume XVIII Number 2

,INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
Chess news from around the state, USAT Midwest games, Jason Doss wins at Kokomo, Donley title captured by John Cole and Mike Herron, Hoosiers at the Global Challenge, "Play it Forward" features Judit Polgar ... Another dynamite issue!

Photo: Joe Peterson

Happy Daze Are Here Again?
Contestants gather their thoughts prior to the first round of the Donley Open

Chess IN Indiana

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ISCA Directors

PRESIDENT: Gary Fox Ph. (574) 722-4965 ISCA P.O.Box 114 Logansport IN 46947 E-mail: president@indianachess.org VICE-PRESIDENT: Jay Carr 105 Diplomat Ct., Apt.2 Beech Grove, IN 46107 Ph. (317) 786-0218 vicepresident@indianachess.org SECRETARY: Ben Dillon Ph. (574) 289- TREK 615 W. Angela Blvd.South Bend IN 46617 E-mail:secretary@indianachess.org TREASURER: Tom Byers Ph. (574) 722-1137 ISCA P.O.Box 114 Logansport, IN 46947 E-mail: treasurer@indianachess.org EDITOR: Ken Hamilton Ph. (317) 823-8415 . 8212 Halyard Way, Indianapolis,IN 46236 E-mail:editor@indianachess.org HISTORIAN: Roger Blaine P.O. Box 353,Osceola IN 46561 E-mail:historian@indianachess.org MEMBERSIDP DIRECTOR: Terry Winchester, (812) 479-1811 ISCA P.O.Box 114,Logansport, IN 46947 E-mail:membership@indianachess.org WEBMASTER: Nathaniel Criss Ph. (765) 778-9206 5532 W. State Rd. 38, Pendleton, IN 46064 E-mail:webmaster@indianachess.org DIRECTOR-AT -LARGE: Scott Reisinger Ph.(765) 644-7637 615 Lennox St Anderson, IN 46012 E-mail: scott@indianachess.org DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE: Steven J. Steppe Ph. (812) 299-5111 53 E. Antler Dr. Terre Haute, IN 47802 E-mail: steve

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Editor: Ken Hamilton Printer/Publisher: Bill Corbin -UN Printing Contributors: Roger Blaine, Jay Carr, John Cole, Matt Fouts, Mike Herron, Les Kistler, Dan Shenk, Garrett Smith, Steve Steppe Photographs: Ken Hamilton, Joe Peterson

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Indiana State Champion: Jim H. Dean State Reserve Champion: Benjamin J. Zakhary Challenge Champion: Dennis Monokroussos Masters/Generations: Masters, John Cole. Seniors: Cliff Aker, Roger Blaine, Sr. Reserve: Randall Derby. Amateur:Nate Criss. Amateur Reserve: Eric Miller, Bob Jones. Junior: Daniel Feltis. Class Champions: Masters: Vacant Expert: Vacant, A-Nathaniel Criss, B- Logan Stalions C-Benjamin Wyatt D-Jared Vibbert Beginners' Class Champions: E- Jonathon Harrison, F- Brandon Van Note, G- Christopher Patterson, H- Nick Wilkey, 1- Hillary Williams & Alex Catron, Unrated-Michael Phillips State Team Champions: "QxNd4#" (consisting of: John W. Cole, Jason R. Doss, James Stephen Cates and David B. Frey) State Quick Chess Champion: Jim Mills State Blitz Champion: Josh Bousum State Junior Blitz Champion: Jimmy Hildebrand State Scholastic Champions: HS Champion: Ben Inskeep Girls' Champion: Krista Selby 9th & Under Champion: Kevin Krenk 6th & Under Champion: Andrew Sutphin 3rd & Under Champion: Sean Vibbert 9th & Under Junior Varsity Champion: Zachary Waggoner 6th & Under Junior Varsity Champions: Michael Tzolov Nicholas Wilkey.

Chief TD Advisor -Roger Blaine: td@indianachess.org Games Administrator - John W. Cole 2525 College Ave. Ph. (574) 535-0517 Goshen, IN 46528 E-mail:games@indianachess.org Student Advisor- Brandon Pherson 2015 Round Barn Ct. Anderson, IN 46017 E-mail: student@indianachess.org Media Advisor - Terry Perkins 4761 S. 400 E Cutler, IN 46920 E-~ail:media@indianachess.org Crosstable Administrator: Joe Riegsecker 55605 County Rd.33 Middlebury, IN 46540-8740 Email: crosstable@indianachess.org (574)825-9218 Master Advisor:Josh Bousum Ph. (765) 455-2007 2216 Canterbury Dr. Kokomo, IN 46902-3175 E-mail:master@indianachess.or

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Grade Champions: Grade 10 -12: Matthew Fouts Grade 9: Karl Roots Grade S: Evan Hanley Grade 7: David Witwer Grade 6: Fengyee Zhou Grade 5: Youkow Homma Grade 4: Alek Jansen Grade 3: Yushi Homma Grade 2: Sean Vibbert Grade 1: Tyler Margetts Kindergarten: Michael Brothers Team Champions: High School: South Vigo HS (Terre Haute) Sth & Under: Canterbury School (Fort Wayne) 6th & Under: Orchard School (Indianapolis) 3rd & Under: Sycamore School (Indianapolis)
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Chess IN Indiana
President's Message President's Message, 6/06/05
Chess activity continues nowadays throughout the year, without abatement. In April, Terry Perkins mounted the Howard County Open in Kokomo. Sponsored by Donley Chess Center the event attracted a total of 49 players in a one-day affair won by Jason Doss. Then in May, the Donley Open series was resumed, having missed a beat in 2004. And as we go to press in June, the Masters/Generations Toumament also returned to Logansport. Meanwhile numerous scholastic tournaments were held throughout the State, and Elkhart, South Bend and Kokomo led the way in running a continuing series of club tournaments. Plans materialized for the Indiana Class Championships to be held in West Lafayette in JUly. Our biggest event - the State Individual Championships - will again be held in September. This year the tournament will be held in Kokomo, the site of the 2000 Championship, at the Johanning Civic Center. You will find full details, together with announcements of other tourneys in our state, on the back pages of this issue, as well as in the upcoming, August issue ofUSCF's magazine Chess Life. Our congratulations to Ben Inskeep, our new State High School Champion, who will take part in the Denker Memorial HS Champions tournament in Phoenix in August, and also to Krista Selby, newly crowned Indiana Girls' Champion, who will play in Susan Polgar's Girls' Invitational, also during the U.S.Open in Phoenix, AZ. Recently Membership Director Terry Winchester encountered a computer problem and was unable to mail out reminders to those whose memberships had expired. We are trying to rectify the situation but, in the meantime, please check the expiry date on your membership card and make sure your membership is still current. It would be helpful if you were to do this regularly without waiting for a reminder; payment of dues should be made to ISCA, and sent to Tom Byers, treasurer at P.O. Box 114, Logansport, IN 46947. That way you won't miss an issue of Chess IN Indiana... ! Our ability to communicate with members would be vastly improved if you were to make sure our Membership Director were informed of your email address and, if you belong to the Internet Chess Club, your ICC handle. Email is quicker than snail mail, and there's no postage involved! Finally, although the Annual Meeting of Members won't be held until the State Championship in September, we need to start thinking now about possible changes in the composition of our Board of Directors. If you have talent or experience in a field that would be useful to ISCAbe it as a lawyer, accountant, writer, computer whiz, or organizer, let us know more about you. And if you are interested in serving in any capacity, tell me well before September rolls around so that we have time to consider what advantageous changes might be made. GaryJ. Fox President

Contents
Front cover The Donley returns after a year's hiatus 2. Who's who in ISCA 3 You're here! 5 U.S. Amateur team Tournament Midwest 7 Play It Forward! Selectionfrom Judi! Polgar's games 8 Howard County Open 11 More Shapiro Memories - Dan Shenk 12 The Donley - John Cole annotates some of the games from its welcome revival 19 Scholastic page 20 HB Foundation Global Chess Challenge Featuring a colorful commentary by Jay Carr 23 PIF Solutions Other tournament announcements, odds and ends .... 24 Championship Tournament announcements

Editor's comments and mailbag
Errata. There are quite a few. First, in my introduction to the article on the Indiana Team Championship held in December last year, I wrote that the team "Nd4" and its predecessor, "Nd5" had won the title three times but had been unchallenged since 2001. Jay Carr, former CIl editor and stalwart member of "Nd4" reminded me that Nd4 won the title for a fourth time in December, 2002. Second, while I got the name of the winning team, Qxd4#, right in the list of state champions, in presenting some of their games I called them variously "Nxd4" and "Nxd4#." Oh well, a rose by any other name .... As for the rest, I'm sure they're there, and if you can proofread as meticulously as can Dan Shenk or Dennis Monokroussos (to name only two), please spare my embarrassment. Roger Blaine writes: "Myoid friend Cliff Aker sent me this. The Golf club is located in Greenwood. You might want to contact him about the meeting times I'm sure they have other times than Thursday afternoons, or else only retired people play there." 'We have a real nice club at the Royal Oaks Golf Club; there are no dues and we play every Thursday from one 'til five in the afternoon. It's located on S.135 about half a mile South of Smith Valley Road on the right as you go South.' " Thanks Roger - but of course even retired persons, and youths, can

(MJi_ turn to win next time we play, Cliff .. .)

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Chess IN Indiana
"Joe Spadafore, 95, of Dowagiac, Michigan, passed away on March 13, 2005. Joe was an immigrant from Italy as a small child, and a lifelong checkers enthusiast ... his last [checkers 1 tournament was the District 6 tourney held in Dowagiac in 2003, when he was 'only' 94. About 2 years earlier a delegation of checkers players came up from Indiana for an informal tournament with the 'Michiganders.' Joe showed us who was boss by winning II and drawing one. His younger friend Jim Bussler would sometimes take Joe to chess club meetings in South Bend, where he made it known he liked checkers better .... Joe got a kick out of telling people the meaning of his name: Spada fore! = unsheath your sword! He is survived by his wife Dorothy, to whom he had been married for 73 years." As many of you may know, Roger is a strong checkers player and organizes almost as many checkers tournaments as he does chess. "In the final night of the South Bend Chess Club Championship on May 19, John Cole zapped Ben Dillon; Cameron Donis topped Mike Vidulich and Zijo Obradovic edged Harold Henderson in a tough passed-pawn endgame." John Cole picked up $100 first place prize money, Cameron and Zijo shared $35 second prize. Eric Miller won the $45 prize for first place in the Reserve section, with a 4-1 score. Here's more from Roger: "Cameron Donis won the Elkhart County Chess Club Championship on March 15, scoring 3.5 points, with Larry Holdren and Roger Blaine coming in second with 3.0 points." (Marvin Bennett appeared to be on his way toward winning the Reserve section. I assume he did -- Ed.). Kasparov - always in the news! Well, by now we all know that Gary Kasparov has declared his intention to forgo playing in major tournaments and devote more of his time to Russian politics. Gone, maybe, but hardly forgotten. A few months ago I received a review copy of a DVD titled "Game Over: Kasparov and the Machine." Scheduled to be released for sale on May 31, it had already received a couple of glowing press reviews. Distributed by THINKfilm, you can find more about it on thinkfilmcompany.com. - and buy it there for $21.49. The blurb reads: "In May 1997 Gary Kasparov, widely regarded as the greatest chess player the world has ever known, played Deep Blue - a hulking one and a half ton IBM supercomputer. As it played out in the media, this was a chess tournament and scientific experiment that would challenge our dominance as the most intelligent entity on the planet." The DVD features director's commentary, play by play reenactment of all six games, a bio and more. Is it worth buying? I think so. First, it is beautifully put together, and provides nearly an hour and a half of interviews and commentary on Kasparov, easily the most magnetic figure in chess since Fischer in his hey-day. Second it provides a visual record of an important event in chess history. I faulted it only for its emphasis on the adverse psychological impact Kasparov suffered in playing the electronic beast, making the point through repeated flashbacks to pictures of the "Turk" automaton of some two hundred and fifty years ago. But I enjoyed it, and I think you might, too. ISCA Website With all the changes that have taken pace over the past couple of years, don't be surprised ifhttp://www.indianachess.org transmogrifies into htto:llisca.boxfullofletters.com - at least, it does on my computer. Whichever way you get into ISCA's website, it's worth the trip. Webmaster Nate Criss keeps the site current with loads of info about upcoming tournaments and tournament results, along with other stuff, so make a point of going there frequently. Syndicated? - not exactly .•• When Neil Brennen, the Pennsylvania Chess Association's historian and editor of its magazine, The Pennswoodpusher, wrote the article on Jacob Elson that we published in last month's issue of Cll, he started a form of collaboration that I would like to see expanded among many more state chess associations. When I learned he enjoyed the "Play It Forward" page I produce I told him he could use it; the PIF page from our March issue is included in the June issue of The Pennswoodpusher. Neil has promised us an article delving into the early history ofISCA for publication in September. So much could come from the sharing of resources between state chess association editors; perhaps one of these days we might form a national association to facilitate it, or perhaps it might be developed as an offshoot of Chess Journalists of America - the organization that brought Neil and me together in the first place. Perhaps it's an idea my successors might want to pick up and run with. And the next editor is ... While on the subject of successor, I really do plan to make the September issue of Chess IN Indiana my last, for a number of reasons. First, at my age I may be "getting past it." Second, but equally important, every so often any enterprise needs an injection of fresh blood and I suspect that ifI am getting stale, I'd be the last to know. Furthermore, I know there are members who are technically more proficient than I am at producing a magazine such as this and whom I suspect would enjoy taking it over. It is an enjoyable task, and while it takes up a few hours of one's time each month with up to about 30 hours in the month preceding its quarterly issue, it really does open up new vistas in one's chess experience, not the least of which is a growing circle of friends. All things being equal, I will be available to my successor for help in the transition, a far better circumstance than if I were to depart the scene involuntarily in a more abrupt manner. So those of you who would like to be editor, please contact me and/or Gary Fox before the Annual meeting in September and we'll get the nomination process rolling. Chess IN - or Chess in - Indiana? Our long-time printer and publisher, Bill Corbin of UN Printing Inc., has a large stock of front covers on hand headed "Chess in Indiana." A few issues ago I found I was automatically typing "IN" for "in" and started using it consistently on the inside pages. Which do you prefer? Hopefully any amended title would not require the formality of a Board resolution or a long debate. Actually, I'm curious to learn if anybody spotted the change I made! What a month was May! "The Donley" was rekindled (see page 12); the Swiss tournament with the biggest prize money yet, the PB Global Challenge, took place in Minneapolis (see report on page 20 ) and, of course, the perennial Chicago Open attracted numerous of our members to the Doubletree Hotel- formerly the Hyatt Regency Oak Brook - to join about 600 other players including 26 GMs in the three-day affair over the Memorial Day weekend. For the most part, we fared gallantly (of course) but not too well. In the Open section, Jim Dean got off to a spanking start, but finished down the list with 3 points - though one included a win over John Cole, who also lost to two GMs before blowing off the Windy City in the last round having accumulated 2.5 points. The top Hoosier finisher was the elusive FM Emory Tate, who finished tied with 4.5 points with 7 other players, winning $1500. Nice work, Emory - if you read this, remember your ISCA dues are only one measly percent of your winnings, so come back, wherever you are! Bernie Parham probably almost broke even by winning $450 in the under 2200 section, but other Indiana notables, including experts Cam Donis and Matt Fouts, finished (atypically) out of the money. The Rev. Michael Gant picked up a c-note in finishing with 5 points in the under 2000 section. I can't mention all of our members who played, (if still up, the crosstables are at www.chesstour.com/chio05r.htrn). but another worthy money winner was Nathan Claus, who pocketed $1233 in tying for 2nd thru 4th. place in the under 1400 section. Until next time - Ken Hamilton, Editor.

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Chess IN Indiana U.S. Amateur Team Midwest Tournament
The Renaissance Chicago North Shore, Northbrook IL was the site of the tournament, held February 18-20, 2005. 1n all, 15 4-board teams competed in the main, Amateur section, including 3 teams from Indiana. Team "We Have Hardcore Stuff" represented, in board order, by John Cole, Steve Cates, Ben Inskeep and Garrett Smith, with an average rating of 2107, won first place; "Gunshow" - Jason Doss, Nick Adams, Jim Dean and Drew Hollinberger, average rating 2164, came in third, and "Martha Stewart's Parole Board, " rated an average 1971, finished in twelfth place. ISCA players picked up 3 of the 4 individual board winners; Steve Cates was the best on board 2, Jim Dean the best on board 3 and Drew Hollinberger topped all other players on board 4. The best team name prize was awarded to "Mate the Fockers. " (I really like that one). -Ed. Les Kistler reports: We called our team "Martha Stewart's Parole Board" in keeping with a tradition of naming it after some current news event. We had some rough sledding, coming out on the bad end of some bad luck. We were swept 0-4 in round I, lost 1-3 to "Gunshow" (narrowly missing a drawn match when Drew Hollinberger pulled off a miracle swindle against Harold Henderson as his flag was about to drop) then defeated the "Chess Priests" (headed by 1M Angelo Young) by the score of 3 - I. However, we couldn't gain any traction, only drawing our two matches on Sunday. We thus ended up with a team score of2 - 3. Not a bad result considering our average rating, but we had hoped to do better. The star of our team was Kevin Fyr, scoring 3 - I including an upset win over fellow Hoosier Nick Adams. With five players - Josh Bousum, Les Kistler, Kevin Fyr, Brandon Heuer and Harold Henderson, the team strategy was to have each player compete in four games and have one round to rest; a player would rest in the round corresponding to his board number. Josh would rest in round I, Les in round 2, etc. However, Kevin got a little lost on his way to the hotel so we made an "executive decision" to take him out of the line-up in round I. It was probably a good decision as we faced the high-rated team "Wisconsin Academy of Chess" headed by 2477 rated Josh Friedel. Even so, it didn't seem to make much difference because they mashed us 4 -0, despite the fact that Josh resisted stubbornly and I came close to wiuning the following game: was IS.Qd3! with a double attack on h7 and dS." IS ...Bxf2 16.Qxf2 Rae8 17.Qg3 NeS 18.Bdl "Over-protecting the D square. White now has to withstand a powerful onslaught by the excellently placed Black pieces before he is able to untangle his group of pieces on the back rank." However, Smyslov went on to win on move SO after his bishops gained ascendancy. Now back to my game. 14.Kxf2 Qxf6 IS.Kg1 RaeS My young opponent was moving quickly and confidently, as ifhe were already familiar with all the nuances of this variation. Although I was behind on time, I was determined to show him "who was who" by steadfastly defending my solid, though undeveloped, position. 16.Qf1! I remembered enough of the Smyslov game to carry out this regrouping. White has to endure some uncomfortable moments, but the main idea is to over-protect the knight at D. 16...NeS 17.NxeS QxeS IS.Nf3 QhS 19.Bd2 Rf6 20.Rel RefS 21.Bdl! Another idea from the Smyslov game. 21...c6 Black pauses to make a consolidating move; this was a good sign for me since he could find no additional attacking moves instead. I can only guess that Black was begiuning to realize that it was not as easy to breach my position as he had thought. 22.Qd3 BfS 23.Qd4 Re6 24.Rxe6 Bxe6 Aiming to control the dark squares, preventing a future ...cS by Black. 2S.Be3! QfS Diagram

Les Kistler (1990) - Erik Santarius

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[CS2] Ruy Lopez, Dilworth Attack US Amateur Team Midwest, 02.19.200S [Les Kistler] l.e4 eS We were supposed to play at table S, so we set up our chessmen and waited for a few minutes for our opponents to show up, then we overheard some players say the pairings were changed ....we had to relocate to table I, where our clocks were already started ... 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.BbS a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 S.o-O Nxe4 6.d4 bS 7.Bb3 dS S.dxeS Be6 9.c3 BcS 10.Nbd2 0-0 n.Be2 Nxf2!? The Dilworth Attack. I don't study openings deeply, but usually I have a decent memory when it comes to famous games.I was certain this had been played in a SmyslovBotviunik game from the 1940's and later, at home, I was able to confirm this. In Smyslov's "12S Selected Games" (Pergamon Press, 1983) in his notes to his game with Botviunik in the Moscow Championship, 1943 he writes: "A bold and interesting idea! Black aims for a direct attack on the opposing king ...anattempt to seize the initiative at such an early stage ...may be criticized. But in a practical struggle, when the time for thought is strictly limited, White may not find it easy to solve correctly the problems facing him" 12.Rxf2 f6! "This opening of the f-file and the rapid mobilization of all the pieces is the idea behind the preceding knight sacrifice." 13.exf6 Bxf2+ Here we deviate from the Smyslov-Botviunik game, which continued 13...Qxf6 14.Qf1! "Switching the queen to the kingside strengthens White's position. For the moment the knight at d2 is in the right place, over-protecting the knight at D." The Smyslov game continued 14...Bg4 IS.KhI "Preferable

26.QeS! ReS It was tempting to penetrate to bl, but after 27.Qxe6+ Kh8 28.Qe7! White has only to endure a few checks before he gains an irresistible attack. 27.QxfS BxfS 2S.Kf2 Here the swift (G/60) time control was beginning to tell. I was down to 7 minutes on my clock, while my opponent had over 20 minutes left. Still, with a S-second delay clock it is possible to play for many moves on "fumes." 2S...Kf7 29.Nd4 Bd7 30.Nb3 With dark square holes, White's game almost plays itseIL.Almost! 30 •..Ke7 31.NeS BeS The Black bishop is doomed to passivity. From its vantage point on cS, my knight controls four of this bishop's squares (a6, b7, d7, e6). 32.Bd4 Kd6 33.Nd3 BfS 34.NeS BeS 3S.a4 Fine, we'll try something else. 3S...Rf8+ 36.Kel Rf4 37.axbS cxbS!? 3S.g3 Rf7 39.Be2 g6 40.b4 Bh3 41.Bd3 BeS Back in your box! 42.Kd2 Ke6 43.Nb3 Bh3 44.Be3 Bf14S.Nd4+ Kd7 46.Bf4 Bxd3 47.Kxd3 Re7 4S.Nf3 Ke6 49.Kd4 Here the recording stops, with both players down to under S minutes left. White is clearly winning, with the chance of capturing the dS pawn followed by ransacking the queenside. A little later, my opponent played ...aS and I got rattled, allowing it to advance instead of taking it. This poor judgement led to my pieces getting tied up trying to stop the killer a-pawn, and his king successfully raided my kingside pawns. Before any of this had to happen I could have protected my kings ide by placing my pawn on h4, when my king and knight would have had all kinds of mobility. Even so, this wouldn't have saved the match for our team. Black eventually won. 0-1 Garrett Smith sent us this third round win in "Hardcore 's " match against second place finishers, "Chess With Finesse. "

Garrett

Smith (1985) - Jose Rodriguez (1800)

[BI4] Caro Kann, Panov- Botvinnik Attack U.S. Amateur Team Midwest, 02.19.200S [Garrett Smith] l.e4 c6 2.d4 dS 3.exdS exdS 4.e4 Nf6 S.Ne3 e6 6.eS!? Springing a trap. If Black doesn't play carefully, he'll find himself in a bad position. A

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few years back I played this line and defeated a strong Indiana expert in a similar manner. 6...b6 7.b4 as?! The ...b6 and ...a5 plan is a very natural response to c5, since Black wants to attack White's space-gaining pawn chain of c5-d4. However, Black is poorly developed and so there is a positional drawback. Simply 7 ...Be7 leads to an equal position. S.Na4! Attacking the weak point on b6. S...Nbd7 Fritz claims that Black comes close to equalizing with 8...axM 9.Nxb6 Ra5, but Fritz is wrong. White certainly appears to have an edge, and I'd be comfortable with this position. For example, IO.Nxc8! Qxc8 Il.a4! gives White at least a slight advantage. 9.BbS! Threatening 10.c6. 9...Qe7? It was better to exchange on c5 and play ...Ba6, although I still enjoy an obvious advantage. 10.Nxb6 Ra7 1l.bxaS I wanted to play a4 and solidify my position, where I would eventually break through on the queenside. 11...RxaS 12.a4 Ne4 If 12...Rxb5, 13.axb5 Nxb6 14.cxb6 Qxb6 15.Ra8 BM+ 16.Bd2 Bxd2 17.Qxd2 0-0 18.Qb4! prevents Black from untangling himself. 13.Bd2?! Not best. I should take on e8, play Nf3, and castle. After I complete this a queenside breakthrough should come pretty easily. Regardless, I'm winning. 13...RxbS 14.axbS Nxb6 IS.cxb6 Diagram

John Cole (2333) - Steven Szpisjak (2204)
[BSl] Sicilian Defense, NajdorfVariation U.S.Amateur Team Midwest (2),02.19.2005 l.e4 cS 2.Nf.3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 S.Nc3 a6 6.Be3 e6 7.g4 Laying down the gauntlet with the most aggressive variation in the Sicilian repertoire, the Perenyi Gambit. Black declines, most wisely perhaps. 7...bS [7...e5 8.Nf5 g6 9.g5 gxf5 10.exf5 d5 l1.gxf6 d4 12.Bc4 with sweet craziness] S.gS Nfd7 9.a3 Usually bad, but the need for me to keep my knight on c3 is very great 9...Bb7 10.h4 Ne6 [10 ...Nb6 Il.h5 N8d7 12.g6!? is a move I've had a chance to play against Hikaru Nakamura in some online slow chess 12...hxg6 13.hxg6 Rxhl 14.gxf7+ Ke7?? (J4 ...Kxj715.Qf3+ Qf616.Qxhl+) 15.Qg4Nc5 l6.Bg5++-was the pleasant result for moi] 1l.hS Qc7 12.Qd2 0-0-0 the king won't find much shelter here, but it's better than being stuck in the centre .... or the kingside -shudder- 13.0-0-0 Nxd4 14.Bxd4 NeS 15.Qe3 Prevents ...Nf3 and threatens Bb6 or f4 15...Qe7 16.f4 Ne617.Bb6 ReS Diagram

IS ...Qe4?! He's losing no matter what. If 15...Qxb6 then l6.Ra8 Qb7 17.Qa4 (threatening b6+) is curtains. 16.Rel Qxd4 Oh no! He's threatening mate!!! Luckily all I have to do is force the king to a dark square then I can win his queen. 17.RxeS+ Kd7 IS.Re7+ KdS 19.BgS+ Black resigns. 1-0 Newly-crowned State High School Champion Ben Inskeep comments briefly on his game on third board against his counterpart on "Donner BUtzin. ", An evenly-fought game through the first 30 moves or so, then Ben gradually gained the upper hand. But he missed increasing his advantage on move 37, allowing his beleaguered opponent to convert from a lost to an unclear position. However, time then played the decisive role ...

IS.Bh3 A dominating position. White's pieces are snuffing out Black's position. My further plan should still be my original: break through with g6 and attack the weaknesses that result IS ...KbS 19.Rhgl b4 Trying to get counterplay, but this just gives me more targets to work with (the now exposed b4 knight, in some variations) 20.axb4 Nxb4 21.Qd4 dS 22.exdS NxdS 23.NxdS BxdS 24.Rgel Now that the centre is wide open, there's no need for a g6 break, so White shifts his focus 24 ... Qb4 25.h6 Diagram

Ben Inskeep (2029) - Steve Gorodetskiy

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[All] Catalan Opening (by transposition) U.S.Amateur Team Midwest (2), 02.19.2005 [Ben Inskeep} l.e4 e6 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 d5 4.Nf.3 Nbd7 5.exd5 exd5 6.d4 Nb6 7.0-0 Bf5 S.Ne3 e6 9.Bf4 a6 10.Rel Bd6 H.NeS 0-0 12.Rel Bb4?! 13.BgS h614.Bxf6 gxf6? 15.Nf.3 [or 15.Nd3!?] 15 ...ReSI6.Qb3 Ba5 17.Redl RbS IS.Nh4 Bh719.Na4 Nxa4 20.Qxa4 Be7 21.Re3 Bd6 22.Rdel fS 23.Nf.3 f4 24.NeS fxg3 2S.hxg3 Re7 26.Ng4 Kg7 27.Bf.3 f6 2S.Kg2 Re7 29.Rxe7+ Bxc7 30.Rhl Qd6 31.Qb3 fS 32.NeS [32.Qe3!] 32 ...BdS 33.BhS Bf6 34.Nf7 Qe7 3S.Qe3 Rf8 36.Qxh6+ KgS 37.e3? [37.Rcl! Bg7 38.Qg5 Qxg5 39.Nxg5 Bh6 40.f4 Bxg5 41.fxg5 Kh8 42.g6 Bg8 43.Rc7+ -]37 ...Rxf7 3S.Bxf7+ Qxf7 39.Rel 1- 0 Here my opponent ran out of time. John Cole annotates the following game and shows that he has all kinds of stuff. ... He played the same opponent, with the same result, three months later at the Chicago Open. That game will appear in the September issue along with other choice games played by Hoosiers in Chicago.

A difficult decision. During the game I considered 25. c3 Qxd426. Bxd4, but after 26 ...Bd6 I couldn't see a way to break Black's position. The difference in the game is that White is able to get in the far more useful Rfl rather than the droll c32S ...Qxd4 26.Bxd4 Bd6 27.Rf1 Be4 2S.hxg7 RhgS 29.Rf2 e5? A disastrous opening of the position, but Black is on the verge regardless. White has Bg2-e4xh7 up his sleeve, and there's not much Black can do to stop it. 30.Bxe5?! Inexact. 30. fxe5 allows the game ending, without allowing a Rxg7 resource 30 ...BxeS 3l.fxeS Rxe5? [3l...Rxg7 32.b3 Be6 33.Bxe6 Rxe6 34.Rd7 Rxe5 35.Rfxf7 Rxf7 36.Rxf7 Rxg5 37.Rxh7 is still winning for White, but not immediately (besides, a young pup like myself might have awful technique)] 32.Rd4 ReS 33.Rxe4 Rxe4 34.Rxf7 with 34 ...Re4 35. Rf8+ Re8 36. Rxe8+ Rxe8 37. Be6! looming, Black resigned 1-0

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If you can't visualize a few moves ahead you won't win a majority of your games; the more you can visualize the better you can analyze. Look ahead with GM Judit Polgar in the following positions and see if you can pick the moves that finish the sequence.

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L. Polugaevsky

- J. Polgar

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G. Kamsky - J. Polgar
Buenos Aires, 1994

Roquebrune Blitz, 1992

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J. Tisdall-

J. Polgar

Reykjavik Open, 1988

43.f4 gxf3 44.Ncl Rh1+ 45.Kf2 Rh2+ 46.Ke3 Bg5+ 47.Kd3... ?

33...Rxe8 34.h4 Re2 35.d7 Qb1+ 36.Kh2 Rxf2+ 37.Kh3.... ?

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J. Polgar - J. Rubinetti
Buenos Aires, 1992

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J. Polgar - V.Anand
Dos Hennanas,1999

30...R8h4 31.Nf3 Nxf3 32.Qxf3 Rlh3 33.Qe2 ... ? 2.

J. Polgar - G. Portisch
Hungary - Championship 1988

26.Rxal Bg5 27.Qc3 Bd5 28.dxc5 Nd7 29.?

31.Bxd7 Rcc5 32.Bxf5 Rxf5 33.Rdl Kg8 34. ? 9.

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J. Polgar - S.Tiviakov
Madrid, 1994

J. Polgar - P.H.Nielsen
FIDE-Wch k.o. Las Vegas ,1999

29.Rxd8+ Kg7 30.f4 Nf3 31.Rd3 Nxh2 32.Rg3 Nfl 33. ? 3.

J. Polgar - P. Popovic
Novi Sad, 1990

37.Bxc4 bxc4 38.Qe5+ Kg8 39.Be3 f6 40.Qf4 Kf8 41.Rxh7 Ke8 42.?

34.Re3 Nb6 35.Rg3 Kh7 36.Be5 Rd5 37.Qg4 Nd7 38. ?
Solutions - page 23

28.Rg3 Ree2 29.Qh5 Bh4 30.Rg4 Bxf2+ 31.Khl Re5 32. ?

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Organized by Terry Winchester, and sponsored by the Donley Chess Center, the Howard County Open drew a total 49 players to the Kokomo Hampton Inn, 34 participating in the Open section and IS in the Beginners' section. The Open was won by Jason Doss, who scored a perfect S points in the five-round, game/60 tournament. This was no easy feat, even for Jason, as the field included experts such as Mike Herron, Josh Bousum, Bernie Parham and an interesting last-minute entry, Robert Feldstein from New York.. Robert, who has played in several Indianapolis area tournaments in recent years, is said to be on a mission to play in each of the fifty states. Other stalwarts of the Indiana chess scene included Les Kistler, Bob Banta, Alex Gorbounov and Drew Hollinberger, to name only a few. Feldstein won second place, sharing it at 4 points with Reid Hanway, a strong B class player who is obviously on the move upward. It was only after the tournament was over that I recalled Reid wandering into the Monticello Public Library to say hello to his old school coach, Nelson Weaver, during Jason Doss Photo: KH an interview published in the May, 2001 issue of Chess IN Indiana. Other up-and-coming young players included Mark Bauman - a former Grade 9 champion - who pulled off an upset win over Mike Herron, Grade 3 champion Alek Jansen and his brother, 1st. Grade champion Nicholas, and State Reserve Champion Benjamin Zakhary, heading up a contingent of scholastic tournament players who acquitted themselves well against their more experienced opponents (I was numbered among their victims ... ). The Beginners' section was won by D' Andre Wilkerson with SIS in the SD 30 tournament, earning a 246 ratings point jump from 742 to 988! Here, with my brief comments, are a few selected games. - Ed. 34.Rc7+ [34.RxeS+ providing an escape square for the king would have slowed Black's attack] 34 ...Bxc7 35.gxh3 Rg1+ 36.Kf2 Bb6+ 37.Re3 RSg2# 0--1

Mike Herron (2097) - Mark Bauman (1623) [A43] Schmid Benoni
Howard County Open (1), 04.02.200S l.d4 c5 2.c3 e6 3.Nf3 Nc6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.Bxe7 Qxe7 6.e3 Nf6 7.Nbd2 b6 S.Bd3 Bb7 9.Qe2 0-0 10.0-0 RadS I1.Rfel e5 12.dxe5 Nxe5 13.Nxe5 Qxe5 14.Nf3 Qc7 15.h3 RfeS 16.Radl d5 17.Qc2 Re7 lS.Qa4 BaS 19.Qh4 RdeS 20.Qa4 h6 21.c4 d4 Black seizes the initiative with this move 22.exd4 Bxf3 23.Rxe7 Rxe7 24.gxf3 cxd4 25.Bfl Qf4 26.Qa3 Re5 27.Qd3 Nh5 RgS+ was more forcing 2S.Bg2? Diagram

Perhaps 28.KhI would have gained a tempo for the defense2S ...Rg5 29.Khl Qh4 30.Qxd4 Nf4 31.Bfl Kh7 32.Rd2 Rg6 Threatening QgS 33.QdS Qh5 34.Qd7 Qxf3+ 35.Kh2 Rg2+ 36.Khl Rxf2+ 37.Kgl Rxfl+ White resigns 0-1 I may lose with just about everything else nowadays but rarely with Alekhine's Defense; Bob Feldstein played an unusual line which I countered successfully; then with time becoming a factor I opted for a vainglorious sacrifice which threw away the game.

Robert Feldstein (2000) - Jason Doss (2340) [B21] Sicilian Defense - Morra Gambit
Howard Co. Open, (3), 04.02.200S l.Nf3 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.c3 dxc3 4.Nxc3 Nc6 5.e4 e6 6.Bc4 Qc7 7.0-0 Nf6 S.Bg5 a6 9.Bxf6 gxf6 10.Rcl b5 1l.Bd3 Bb7 12.Qd2 Qb6 13.Rfdl d6 14.Qf4 Be715.Qh6 Ne516.Nxe5 fxe517.Ne2 [17.Qg7 Rf8 18.Qxh7 Bf6 19.QhS Rh8 with a promising attack.] 17...Kd7 lS.Rc2 RagS 19.Qd2 h5 20.Qc3 f6 21.Rdcl BdS 22.b4 h4 23.Kfl Rg7 24.Ngl RhgS 25.f3 Ke7 26.Re2 Qa7 27.Bc2 Bb6 2S.Nh3 QbS 29.Bb3 QdS 30.a3 Qd7 31.Qd2 d5 32.exd5 exd5 Now Black's advantage is apparent 33.Qh6 Qxh3 Diagram

Robert Feldstein (2000) - Ken Hamilton (1711) [B02] Alekhine's Defense
Howard Co. Open, (2) 04.02.200S l.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nd5 3.c4 Nb6 4.c5 Nd5 5.Bc4 e6 6.Nc3 Nxc3 7.dxc3 Nc6 S.Bf4 g5 9.Bg3 h5 Bob was surprised that this aggressive move turned out to be sound 10.h4 g4 11.b4 b6 12.cxb6 axb6 13.Qe2 Bb7 14.Rd1 Ne7 Diagram

Overlooking a promising, probably winning line 14....Nxb4 lS.cxb4 Bxg2 16.Rh2 Bxb4+ 17.Rd2 Bxd2+ 18.Qxd2 Bc615.Bb5 c616.Bd3 Nd5 17.Qb2 Qe71S.a3 Bh6 19.Ne2 b5 20.Be4 Nb6 21.Bd3 Nd5 22.Bc2 0-0 23.Bb1 RadS 24.Qc2 f5 25.exf6 Rxf6 26.Be5 Rf5 27.Qe4 Bg7 2S.Bd4 Bxd4 29.Rxd4 RdfS 30.f3 c5 31.bxc5 Nf4?? Aiming for a

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quick finish in acute time trouble; well, I got the quick finish alright... .. Qxc5 held the advantage 32.Qxb7 Nxg2+ 33.Kd2 QxeS 34.Qxd7 RSf7 and here I ran out of useful moves as well as time 1-0 Drew Hollinberger did well in the first 3 rounds, notching 3 points which included a win over Josh Bousum; then he had the misfortune to face Jason Doss in the 4th. round and Mike Herron in the last. .. nonetheless, he picked up several ratings points and at 1930 is doubtless hoping to reach expert level by year end.

Reid Hanway (1706) - Les Kistler (1995) [B23] Closed Sicilian
Howard Co. Open, G/60 (2), 04.02.2005 l.e4 e5 2.Ne3 d6 3.f4 g6 4.Nf3 Bg7 S.g3 Ne6 6.d3 e6 7.Rbl Nge7 S.Bg2 0-0 9.Ne2 Signaling, it would seem, an attempt at restructuring to contest the d4 square 9... QaS+ 10.Bd2 Qxa2 Black's queen is in no danger, though for a time somewhat removed from central activity l1.g4 fS! 12.g5 Leaving the b2 pawn for capture by Black's g7 bishop, ifhe wants it 12 ...eS ...apparently he doesn't. But Black remains a pawn up with an unclear position in the center 13.b3 Qa6 14.h4 Why not. White decides to forgo castling and tries to open the h-file 14...fxe4 IS.dxe4 Bg4 16.Kf2? White worsens his position by confronting the Black f-file rook with his king 16...Nd4 17.Nexd4 exd4 IS.Kg3 Protecting f4, getting the king off the dangerous f-file and attacking the Black bishop at the same time IS ...BhS I9.Qe1 If Black now occupies the c-file with teither queen or rook he will have gained close to a winning advantage. Unfortunately, he opts to open the diagonal for the White g2 bishop. 19...dS? 20.NxeS BxeS 21.fxeS Qe6 22.exdS? Qg4+? Diagram

Jason Doss (2340) - Drew Hollinberger (1896) [A10] Queen's Indian Defense (I guess .... )
Howard Co. Open, G/60 (4),04.02.2005 Drew manages to get out of the book but ends up in the soup. Jason develops simply but forcibly, and ends the game with a diabolical combination. 1.e4 b6 2.Ne3 Bb7 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.d4 Ne4 S.Qe2 fS 6.dS Nxe3 7.Qxe3 e6 S.dxe6 dxe6 9.BgS QeS 10.Rd1 aSll.a3 Ne612.NeS Ne7 13.Nd7 Ne6 14.e3 Kf7 lS.eS bxeS 16.Be2 Kg6 17.g4 Diagram

17...Bd6 [17 ...Kxg5 18.Qc4 Nd4 (18 ...Bd619.h4+ Kh6 20.gH Kg6 21.Qxe6#) 19.Rxd4 Qe8 20.h4+ Kg6 21.Ne5+ Kf6 22.g5+ Ke7 23.Qxc5# - Fritz]lS.gxfS+ exfS19.Rgl Bxh2 20.Bh6+! Black resigns

22 ...Nxd5 would have kept the advantage. Doubtless White hoped for mating chances23.Kh2 NfS 24.Bh3 Black is in difficulties; it is his queen that is being harried, rather than White's king! 24 ...Qxh4 2S.Qxh4 Nxh4 26.Kg3 Nf3? Diagram

Mike Herron (2104) - Drew Hollinberger(1896) [C68] Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation
Howard Co. Open g/60 (5),04.02.05 1.e4 eS 2.Nf3 Ne6 3.BbS a6 4.Bxe6 dxe6 S.O-O Qd6 6.h3 Bd7 7.Re1 0-0-0 S.d3 f6 9.Be3 Ne710.Nbd2 bS 1l.Nb3 KbS12.NeS BeS 13.Qd2 fS 14.exfS NxfS1S.Ne4 Qb416.e3 Qxe417.dxe4 Rxd2 lS.Bxd2 Nd6 19.NxeS Kb7 20.Rad1 Be7 21.b3 ReS 22.Nd3 Nf7 23.Be3 Bd6 24.BeS Re6 2S.Bxd6 exd6 26.Re3 gS 27.eS Nxe5 2S.NxeS dxeS 29.Rde1 Ke7 30.RxeS Kd6 31.Rxe6+ Bxe6 32.f3 as 33.Kf2 BdS 34.Ke3 KeS 3S.g3 h6 36.f4 a4 37.Rb1 Bg2 3S.fxgS hxg5 39.h4 g4 40.Rd1 a3 41.hS BdS 42.RxdS+ exdS 43.h6 b4 44.exb4+ Kxb4 4S.Kd41-0

Les Kistler (1995) - Josh Bousum (2029) [C06] French Defense, Advance Variation
Howard Co. Open G/60 (5), 04.02.2005 1.e4 e6 2.d4 dS 3.Nd2 Nf6 4.eS Nfd7 S.Bd3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ne2 Qb6 S.Nf3 exd4 9.exd4 f6 10.exf6 Nxf6 11.0-0 Bd6 12.b3 eS 13.dxeS NxeS 14.Ned4 Nxd3 IS.Qxd3 0-0 16.Bb2 Ng4 17.g3 NeS IS.NxeS Bxe5 19.f4 BfS 20.Qd2 "Draw agreed on White's proposal." Les' scoresheet indicates White had 19 minutes remaining, Black only 8, which probably accounts for Josh acquiescing to a draw in a position that looks somewhat better - Bishop pair, upcoming occupation of e4. A satisfactory ending for both players, who thus each finished with 3.5 points. Yr-YZ Reid Hanway's 4 points earned him a tie for second place and included surprising wins over Les Kistler and Bernard Parham Sr ... .It took me a while to figure out the Hanway - Parham scoresheet, but here's how Reid squeaked by Les .... Time is beginning to run short for both players, and Black eschews the safer Nf5 for a risky move which backfires 27.Bb4 Bf4 was even better, as Black's knight would not escape after Bg2 27 ...NxgS 2S.BxfS KxfS 29.Bg4 Ne4+ 30.Kf4 Bxg4 31.Rxh7 KgS 32.Rbhl Resigns. When I bumped into Les after this game he was still shaking his head about it; Reid was lucky to escape from a poor position, but played well in turning the tables and bringing in the win. 1-0 I believe it was while he was studying engineering at Purdue that Bernie Parham developed his own system of chess notation, which he uses and teaches - to this day. In it he expresses the way pieces move: thus e7 v e5 represents Black's e-pawn moving down the board; rooks move on files and ranks so are identified by a "+", as in al + fl for Ral-fl. Queens move in all directions, symbolized by a star, so the queen move d l-B is written dl * S; # represents a king, and a diamond shape a

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knight, reflecting its ability to move from one file or rank to another in all directions. It really isn't difficult to read and was not the cause of the problem I noted above in deciphering the following game. I found that Bernie missed entering a half-move and on move 35 started writing White's moves in the right hand column; apparently he discovered his error around move 41 when the White moves appeared on the left. I grappled with this for some time before arriving at the corrected notation given below ... it seems to work so I guess I guessed correctly. In this game Reid again shows his inclination to attack with a kingside pawn storm, while Bernie gains space on the queenside and then locks it up. The game ends when Black injudiciously opens the center. Jay Gartland had a respectable result with 3 out of 5 points, and in this game beat the 2004 State Reserve Champion.

James M. Gartland (1699) - Benjamin Zakhary (1568) [C02] French Defense, Advance variation
Howard Co. Open G/60 (5), 04.02.2005 l.e4 e6 2.d4 dS 3.eS cS 4.c3 Qb6 S.Nf3 Nc6 6.Be2 cxd4 7.cxd4 Nh6 S.b3 NfS 9.Bb2 Bb4+ 10.Kfl 0-0 l1.g4 Nh6 12.Bcl KhS 13.Bxh6 gxh6 14.h4 Here Black should hit back with 14...f6 in an attempt to break up White's grip on the center and free his queen's bishop 14...Bd7 IS.gS RgSI6.Qd3 Ne717.a3 QaS1S.gxh6 RacSI9.NgS Rc1+? All this aggressive move accomplishes is to leave Black's rook en prise while facing mate on f7 and h7! 20.Kg2 RxgS+ the only way to stop the mate 21.hxgS Ng6 Black has a lost game, but might as well take the hi rook now 22.Qf3 Rxhl too late ... 23.Qf6+ 1-0 Alexei Gourbonov and Bob Banta were among a gaggle of six players finishing tied for third with 3.5 points. Alex keeps getting stronger and stronger. .. finishing second in the 2003 State Championship Reserve Section with a rating in the mid-1600s, he placed 10th in the Championship Open Section in 2004, by which time his rating approached 1800. Now, with a rating in the high 1800s we can expect continuing good results from this steady player with a likeable, laid-back disposition.

Reid Hanway (1706) - Bernard Parham, [C61] Ruy Lopez

Sr. (2027)

Howard Co. Open (4),04.02.2005 1.e4 eS 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.BbS Nd4 4.Nxd4 exd4 S.d3 Qh4 6.Qf3 Bd6 7.g3 Qh3 8.Bc4 Nf6 9.BgS Qg4 10.Qxg4 Nxg4 1l.h3 NeS 12.Nd2 Bb4 13.Ke2 d614.a3 Bxd2 IS.Bxd2 Be616.Bxe6 fxe617.f4 Nd718.Rafl ~ 19.94 Nf6 20.Rf3 cS 21.gS NhS 22.Rhfl Rf7 23.h4 Raf8 24.Rlf2 gO 2S.b3 as 26.Kel bS 27.Kdl a4 2S.b4 c4 29.Rfl c3 30.Bcl Kg7 31.R1f2 KhS 32.Rfl Ng7 33.Ke2 NhS 34.Kdl KgS 3S.Rlf2 Ng7 ~6.Ke2 NeS 37.Rfl Nc7 3S.Rlf2 Na6 39.hS NbS 40.Rh2 Nc6 41.Rfh3 ~e7 42.Rh4 eS 43.Rf2 dS 44.Rf3 Nc6 4S.hxg6 hxg6 46.Rfh3 Rg7 Diagram

Alexei Gourbonov (1866) - Robert Banta (1876) [B92] Sicilian, NajdorfVariation
Howard Co. Open, G/60 (3), 04.02.2005 l.e4 cS 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 S.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 eS 7.Nb3 Be6 S.O-O Nc6 9.Be3 Be710.NdS Nd7 This looks odd to me, though not a devotee of the Sicilian game I would have expected 0-0 here, or maybe Rc8. Black cannot play Nxe5 because of 11.Bb6 followed by Nc7. I1.Qd2 BxdS 12.exdS NcbS White looks better here, wouldn't you say? 13.c4 b6 14.f4 exf4 IS.Bxf4 0-0 16.Nd4 Nf6 17.Rael Diagram

There was a lot of shuttling pieces back and forth in the later stages of this game - RfI-f2-fl and Nh5-g7-h5 and so on- that indicates both players were groping for a way to make progress. Finally Bernie's opening of the center by 43 ..d5 proved rash and, in the absence of any further notation, I assume Reid took on d5 at move 47 and Bernie's game collapsed ...or maybe time expired. 1-0

The position reminds me of the set-up one saw in so many of Botvinnik's games - rooks on el and fl, minor pieces ready to move into Black's weak squares f5 and c6 and White, fully developed, ready to explode on Black's cramped position. Violent action is in the air! 17...Re8 IS.Qd3 Bf8 19.NfS Ra7 20.Bdl Rxel 21.Rxel Qc7 22.b3 QcS+ 23.Khl Qf2 24.Rf1 QcS 2S.Bc2 Nbd7 26.Be3 Qb4 27.Bd4 g6 2S.Bc3 QcS 29.Qg3 NhS 30.Qh4 NeS 31.g4 Nxc4 32.gxhS QxdS+ 33.Be4 Qe6 34.hxg6 fxg6 3S.Nh6+ Bxh6 36.QdS+ Resigns 1-0

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More memories of Sam Shapiro
The late Sam Shapiro was a colorful, controversial character, as we noted in the March issue. To round off our tribute to this unique person we turn to the following retrospective by Dan Shenk of Goshen. - Ed. I first met Sam Shapiro in the late 1970s; he put me on the mailing list for the chess bulletin he produced. I remember he published an unusual game of mine, in which I captured all eight of my opponent's pawns in the space of just 13 moves .... Sam and I shared a flair for the offbeat and idiosyncratic in the world of chess. I enjoyed his newsletter and still have a number of them on file; I would say Sam was one of my inspirations when I started "Chess for Fun," a column that ran 262 times from 1987 to 1997 in The Elkhart Truth newspaper. Years ago I had already heard some of the Shapiro stories, but I found Sam to be a gentleman - slightly addled, but relatively harmless. When something delighted him, no one could chortle the way Sam could chortle. I would describe Sam as whimsical, eccentric, avuncular, absent-minded ... an old shoe. As Les Kistler reported in the March issue, Sam sometimes dozed off during a game. For me it was in Middlebury in October '95. After Sam had nodded off the second or third time in our GIl05 match, I asked TD Joe Riegsecker ifthere were any requirement, legal or ethical, to waken one's opponent. Joe assured me there wasn't, so I let Sam sleep. I won that game, but I lost to him another time. Our roller-coaster rubber match was yet to come (see below). More than once I heard Sam compliment Goshen's Vivian Schmucker who beat him several times: "Except for you, Vivian, I'd be a master." Not true, but Sam was no stranger to hyperbole. Vivian had talked me into playing rated chess in '77; her rating peaked in the 1900s. One year in the late '80s she was the most active female player in the United States, then had a productive correspondence-chess career in the '90s. Sam's neat, Palmer-method signature that graces my October '95 scoresheet belies the chaos and turmoil of much of his life. He seemed blithely unaware of the impact his actions - or inaction - had on others. He may have been the most unselfconscious person I ever met. The two following games give a feel not only for Sam's style of play but also his personality, his playful spirit and reverence for chess history (he was, after all, a history professor at Notre Dame).

This last game versus Goshen's Dennis Miller, then a budding expert, is from the Joepye Summer 1979 Open. Sam annotated it in the Michiana Chess Bulletin, a homemade, homespun Xeroxed newsletter (replete with cartoons and diagrams) that he published periodically 25 years ago.

Dennis Miller (1619) - Sam Shapiro (1790) [B99] Sicilian Najdorf
Joepye Summer 1979 Open 40/60 [Sam Shapiro} l.e4 e5 At first I intended to play myoid reliable Petroff, [but] instead I chose to enter the fascinating and perilous world of the Najdorf Sicilian. 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Ne3 a6 6.Bg5 e6 7.f4 Be7 8.Qf3 Qe7 9.0-0-0 Nbd7 10.g4 b5 1l.Bxf6 Nxf6 12.g5 Nd7 All as played many, many times by the grandest of grandmasters. Still, it was disconcerting to have Dennis rattle off these moves in less than one minute; carefully probing my memory, I had taken ten minutes. 13.f5 I'm more familiar with 13.a3, to hold up Black's queenside advance. 13...Ne5 Ijust didn't want to take that g-pawn, even with check. Geller's book "The Najdorf Variation" recommends either 13...Bxg5+ or 13...Nc5 adding two pieces to the defense of the vital Black e-pawn, Alas, I am always looking up these crucial variations after my games, rather than before! 14.Qf4 Dennis took six minutes on this move, which cheered me up immensely. Now he was on his own, too. 14.•.b4 15.Nee2 Bd716.f6 gxf6 Black's position calls for a "heroic defense." There's a wedge at f6, the g-file is open and he'll never be able to castle into safety. But it has its advantages, too. The f6 thrust has relieved all pressure on the e-pawn, which is now a bastion, and the knight at e5 can never be dislodged [by a pawn]. To protect the weak squares around his king, Black retains his dark-squared bishop, while White's has been exchanged. And soon there will be counterplay on the c-file, 17.gxf6 BfS 18.Rgl Re8 19.Ng3 h5! The bishop will come into good play on the new diagonal, with gain of tempo. Here I began to feel I was getting the upper hand in a . complicated position. I silently invoked the spirit of Emanuel Lasker, who would launch into fathomless complications convinced he would survive them while his weaker opponents would sink beneath the waves. It is no doubt presumptuous of a Class B duffer to invoke one of the supreme figures in the history of chess, but as Woody Allen said in "Manhattan" when accused of acting like God, "Well, I have to imitate somebody, don't I?" 20.Kbl Bh6 21.Qf2 Ng4 22.Qe2 Ne3 By now I was feeling so much like the great Lasker that I even experienced a craving for a big black cigar. 23.Qxh5 As I raised my eyes from the board to study the expression of my dear friend Dennis, I saw that he also was invoking a glorious figure from the past: Adolph Anderssen. Troubled by being on the defensive, the Goshen Gorilla was about to sacrifice a rook, a knight and a queen on the next three moves (as in the Immortal Game v. Kieseritzky in London, 1851). 23 ...NxdI24.Ngf5 exf5 25.Qxh6 There you are; if25 ...Rxh6 then Black is mated in one move! But there is a hole in Dennis' combination, as big as the ones Notre Dame's offense tears in the enemy lines: Black doesn't have to take the queen. White won't be able to penetrate Black's defenses. 25 ..•Rf8 26.Qh7 Be6 27.Rg8 Rxg8 28.Qxg8+ Kd7 Black has only one square for his king, but one is all he needs. 29.Qh7 Ne3 The knight returns from his lonely mission into enemy territory, having swallowed a rook on the way, 30.Bxa6 Rb8 Now the clock is a worse menace than the White piece - ten moves to make in five minutes. 31.Qh6 Ne4 32.Bb5+ Rxb5 33.Nxb5 Qe5 The fork, threatening the knight and ...Qgl + exchanging the queens, is deadly. 34.a4 bxa3 35.Nxa3 Qg1+ 36.Ka2 Nxa3+ 37.Kxa3 Qa1+ 38.Kb4 Qxb2+ 39.Ka5 Qa3+ 40.Kb5 Qe5+ I've made it [with about a minute to spare]. Fortunately the position is one that lends itself to be played at blitz tempo - just keep on checking! 41.Ka4 Qxe2+ 42.Kb5 Qb3+ 43.Ka5 Be4 Black resigns 0-1 After a close call in another game in this tournament, Sam wrote: "They say God watches over fools, Americans and Notre Dame professors, and if you are all three, why then he takes very good care of you indeed." Rest in peace, Sam.

Dan Shenk (1731) - Sam Shapiro (1800) . [DOO]Trompowski
Elkhart Co. Chess Club Chmp. G/60, 03.23.1999 [Dan Shenk} l.d4 d5 2.Bg5 I was experimenting with the Trompowski in '99. Sam's comment: "I never saw that before." 2•.•f6 3.Bh4 Bf5 4.e3 e5 This is one of the classic ways of contesting White's d4 strongpoint in the Tromp and Torre; others are Qb6 and Bg7. 5.e3 e6 6.Nf3 Ne6 7.Bd3 Allowing me to castle long, a decision I'll soon regret. 7...Bg4 8.Be2 Bd6 9.h3 Bh5 10.Nbd2 Nge7 1l.Qe2 Nf5 12.g4 Nxh4 13.Nxh4 Bf7 14.0-0-0 Re8 15.f4? My first serious error. Better was dxc5. 15••.exd4 16.exd4 Nxd4 17.Qa4+ Ne6 I'm down a pawn with nothing to show for it. 18.Rhfl 0-0 19.Kbl e5 20.Ng2 d4 21.Ne4 Bd522.Nxd6 Qxd6 23.Nh4 Kh8 24.Kal Sam's whimsical comment: "We've got our kings hiding away in the comers." 24 ...Qe6 25.f5 Qf7 26.e4 Be4 27.Qa3 d3 I didn't see this coming. He temporarily gives back a pawn, with powerful piece pressure. 28.Bxd3 Bxd3 29.Qxd3 Nh4 30.Qd6 Qxe4 Is White busted, or what?! 31.Qe6.X-ray defense. Qe4? Looking for a smothered mate, but I gain a tempo and a ray of hope. Better was trading queens, followed by Nc2+ and Ne3, forking my rooks. 32.a3 Re6 Here I'm down to 3 minutes, Sam has 7. 33.Qe7 Ne2+ 34.Ka2 Ree8 35.Rd7 Qe4+ 36.b3 Qg8 37.g5 Nd4 38.Rxb7 Re2+ 39.Kbl Black has winning chances - but forgets his king, too, is in danger. 39 ••.Rfe8? 40.gxf6 gxf6 41.Qxf6+ Sam snatched defeat from the jaws of Victory in this game, but it gave me one of my best comeback wins ever. 1-0

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Chess IN Indiana The Donley ....
Named in honor of Glen Donley, who founded the Indiana State Chess Association in 1942 (successor to the Indiana Chess Association dating back to 1892), and the creator of our current series of State Chess Championships. Glen won the State title himself in 1943, in Logansport. ISCA president Gary Fox, who lives and works in Logansport, mounts several tournaments each year at the Donley Chess center, aka the Four County Counseling Center, one of the most agreeable places a tournament chessplayer could wish for. In 2004 the Vano-Brooks challenge series meant the DCC calendar was rather crowded, and the Donley skipped that year. But on May 4, 200S Gary welcomed participants to yet another Donley Open. As in the past, there were three sections - the Open, Reserve and Beginners. Time controls were G/90 for all but the Beginners, where games, mostly un-annotated, were played at a brisk g/30 rate. 16 players took part in the Open, where John Cole and Mike Herron tied for first place (no tiebreaks) with 3.S points. Bob Banta and Alex Gourbonov finished a full point behind. Jason Doss, whom most expected would be battling John Cole for the title in the last round, met John in the third round, lost, and understandably opted for the long drive back to Bloomington rather than play the last round, fmishing with 2 points along with a gaggle of other players including your editor. The Reserve section was won in a tiebreak by Keith Schuman over William Kuhn and Eric Spencer Miller, all with 3 points, heading a field of 10 players. The Beginners section was won outright by Patrick Rice; 6 players took part, making 32 players who enjoyed a pleasant Saturday in the sylvan setting of the Donley Chess Center. with BfS. At this point I was down to about 10 minutes on the clock, and my position is fast becoming a shambles. 30.Bxd6 Rxd6 31.Rxd6 Qxd6 32.Qxc6 So the C-pawn falls -White having had time to move his selfblocking knight 32 ... QbS 33.b4 Josh now down to 10 minutes, I'mjust under 9 33 ...fS dumb desperation 34.exfS e4 3S.f6 Actually time to resign, but I played on a few moves 3S...BfS 36.Qd7 RdS 37.Qe6+ KhS 3S.f7 Qxb4 39.Qf6+ Bg7 40.QxdS+ Black resigns 1-0 All I could say was "Well played, Josh" (as usual).

Jason Doss (2340) - Josh Bousum (2056)
[AS7] Benko Gambit Donley Open (2), OS.07.200S [John Cole] l.d4 Nf6 2.c4 cS 3.dS bS 4.cxbS a6 S.f3 DIugy's favourite way of declining the Benko, and an excellent way to challenge the validity of Black's position. My own personal favourite is S. b6 S...g6 6.e4 d6 7.Na3 Bg7 S.Ne2 0-0 9.Nc3 If Black ever dares to take on bS himself, White will simply take his extra pawn and blockade the queenside via stuff on bS, eventually looking to achieve a b4 break 9...Nbd7 10.Be2 NeS 11.0-0 Nc712.bxa6 Bxa613.Bxa6 Rxa6 After all the maneuvering, we've reached a rather typical Benko position (though White might have a small edge over the norm because of his solid central pawn chain). Black will look to beat the hoo ha out of White's queenside, while White will either try to achieve a central breakthrough or to simply neutralise Black's queenside action 14.Nc4 Nb6 IS.Qd3 QaSI6.BgS ReS 17.a3 h6 [17 ...Nxc4 18.Qxc4 e6 19.dxe6 fxeo is something I was considering while watching the game in progress, but this is probably too drastic. The great thing about the Benko is that Black's compensation usually lasts through many moves, so drastic measures are usually unnecessary]lS.Be3 RbS 19.Rf2 Nxc4 20.Qxc4 Rab6 21.Ra2 Diagram

Josh Bousum - Ken Hamilton
[D96] Gruenfeld Defense Donley Open G/90 (I), OS.07.200S [Ken Hamilton and John Cole (JC)] l.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 dS 4.Nf3 Bg7 S.Qb3 dxc4 6.Qxc4 c6 (My favourite way of combating the Russian Variation is 6 ...0-0 7. e4 Nc6!? with crazy play - JC) 7.Bf4 Nbd7 I spent 3 minutes on this move, considering also 7...Be6. Curiously, I recalled playing.Be6 in another version of the Qb3 Gruenfeld in a match for my Sutton Coldfield team against Cambridge U. in 19S0 (!) - about all else I remember of that game is that I was tom to shreds while team captain Barry Woodeditor of the British magazine, Chess -looked on with horror. 8.e4 Nb6 9.Qd3 Be6 In view of the above, it is understandable perhaps why I spent 10 minutes on this move 10. b3 So at least I had provoked a potential weakness on c3 ... 10 ...NhS I spent 9 minutes on this move. [10 ...0-0 11.Be2 h6looks more planful, with only a small edge to White - JC] 1l.Be3 h6 ...and 8 minutes on this gem. Fritz suggests ...fS here, which never entered my head. 12.Be2 Qc7 7 minutes on this move - 49 spent on 12 moves. 13.Qd2 RdS 14.0-0 Bg4 I was uncomfortable about White's control of the center, and this and exchanging on f3 and playing ...eS was my attempt to break it up lS.Racl Qb8 16.h3 Bxf3 17.Bxf3 eS 18.dS Nf4 60 minutes elapsed 19.a4 0-0 20.aS NcS 21.Kh2 21...gS I had anticipated Josh's Kh2 and played this move instantly completely missing equalizing by [21...NxdS 22.exdS e4+ 23.Bf4 BeS 24.BxeS QxeS+ 2S.g3 exf3 26.Rfel QfS and utterly beyond me was the alternative 21...cd 22.ed Nd3! recovering the piece again via the threat of the discovered check.] 22.g3 Ng6 as planned by my previous movebut I didn't consider 23 ...Ne6, which was somewhat better. Perhaps partly due to my time problems it seems I had stopped searching for alternative candidate moves 23.Bg4 Nge7 24.BxcS I was surprised by this move 24 ...NxcS 2S.Qc2 Nd6 26.BcS Qc8 Candidate for the worst move of the game? Idea was to protect c6 after Bxd6, Rxd6 de, but Fritz indicates 26 ...b6 was the correct move, another I didn't consider. The W knight temporarily shields c6 from direct attack by W's heavy pieces, which I may have overlooked. Certainly I didn't see the possibility of Bxa7 until I pressed the clock. ... 27.dxc6 bxc6 2S.Rfdl QbS In other words, I just wasted 2 moves 29.Na4 RfeS with hazy plans to protect d6

Putting the rook in this spot looks awful, but 21. Ndllooks equally awkward 21 ...Qa6 After this trade, White is able to untangle his queenside with no special difficulties. 21...R8b7 might have been best, planning Qb8 with a b file festival 22.Qxa6 Rxa6 23.Rc2 Rb3 24.Bc1 hS [24 ...NbS 2S.NxbS RxbS stopping the knight from performing its route as in the game looks best, when Black is still holding tough] 2S.Kfl NaS 26.Nbl Nc7 27.Nd2 Rb7 2S.Nc4 NbS 28 ...Rb3, asking what White will do next, looks like the toughest move 29.Be3 Nd4 30.Bxd4 Bxd4 31.a4 Starting to use the extra pawn 31...Rb4 32.aS fS 33.Ke2 Kf7 34.Ra3 f4 3S.Kd3 eS Looks aggressive, but creates d pawn problems (and it's not like the wonderful c4 knight minds staying there to attack it or anything) 36.Kd2 gS 37.Kcl g4 3S.Kbl Ke739.Ka2 From gl to a2 ...for Rb3, and wins! 39 ...Kd7 40.Rb3 Rxb3 41.Kxb3 Kc7 42.Ka4 RaS 43.b4 Whenever White gets this move in a Benko, it usually signals his victory 43 ... gxf3 44.gxf3 RgS 4S.bS Rgl 46.b6+ Kb7 47.Nxd6+ Ka6 4S.Nc4 Ra1+ 49.Kb3 Rb1+ SO.Nb2 KxaS S1.b7 c4+ S2.Ka2 Black resigns 1-0 Jason's first round game was with Alexei Gourbonov, a player who is showing steady progress toward the expert level.

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Alexei Gourbonov (1862) - Jason Doss (2340)
[B20) Sicilian Defense Donley Open (1), 05.07.2005 [John Cole} l.e4 c5 2.Bd3 An odd method of playing against the Sicilian, but not so good when played this way. White usually plays Nf3 first, and only then Bd3 2•..e6 3.c3 d5 Breaking White's centre before he can play the usual Bc2 and d4 4.Bc2 But still! More prudent was Qe2, with only a slight disadvantage 4...dxe4 5.Bxe4 Nf6 Harassing the bishop back to its hole ... 6.Qe2 Or taking it all together. White will miss this bishop quite a bit during the course of the game 6..•Nxe4 7.Qxe4 Nc6 S.f4?! Diagram completely missing some subtlety 15.Qd2 d6 16.Bd4 Be6 After the game, Jason told me that 16...Bd7 is theory, with a completely equal game ...whichjudging by the track of the game, seems completely reasonable. ...Be6 just gives up two free tempi to White's attack, and it still doesn't succeed! 17.Qh6 f61S.f4 Rf7 Black's position looks incredibly hideous, but White apparently only has one shot to break him! 19.Rael Bd7 20.f5 gxf5 21.exf5 RaS Diagram

Putting his remaining bishop in the doghouse.S ...Be7 While watching this game as it progressed, I was wondering if Jason might have S...f5 up his sleeve, 'the plusses being that it gobbles up some more central space, and sets up kingside and central aggression with ...e5 later. Downside being the hole on e5 of course, but I had thought it was at least worth a look (but why takes "risks" in the first round?) 9.Nf3 0-0 10.0-0 Qc7 1l.Na3 b6 12.d3 Bb7 13.Qe2 RadS 14.Nc4 Ba6 15.Nfe5 Nxe5 16.Nxe5 Bf617.Nc4 Qd71S.Rf3 Bxc419.dxc4 Qd1+ 20.Qxdl Rxd1+ 21.Rf1 Rd3 22.Kf2 e5 23.Ke2 RfdS 24.Be3 R3d7 25.Radl Kf8 26.Rxd7 Rxd7 27.Rdl Rxdl 2S.Kxdl Ke7 29.Kc2 Ke6 30.Kd3 exf4 31.Bxf4 Be5 32.Ke4 f5+ 33.Kf3 Bxf4 34.Kxf4 Kf6 35.h4 g6 36.b4 h6 37.b5 g5+ 3S.hxg5+ hxg5+ 39.Ke3 Ke5 40.g3 f4+ 41.gxf4+ gxf4+ 42.Kd3 Kf5 43.a4 Ke5 44.Kd2 Ke4 Resigns 0-1

John Cole (2338) - Jason Doss (2340)
[B35) Sicilian Dragon Donley Open (3), 05.07.2005 [John Cole} l.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Nc3 Bg7 6.Be3 Nf6 7.Bc4 0o S.Bb3 a5 The Uogele, a tough nut to crack in the Accelerated Dragon 9.0-0 Ng4 10.Qxg4 Nxd4 1l.Qdl Completely unchallenging. I haven't even checked the theory, but a move like Radllooks far more critical 1l ..•Nxb3 12.axb3 Bxc3 13.bxc3 Qc7 14.c4 Diagram

22.Rf4 [22.Rxe7 is the move that, ifthere is a just and loving God in Heaven, has to work 22 ...Rxe7 23.Qxf6 Bc6 (23 ...Re5 24.Rj3 Be8 25.Rg3+ Bg6 26.Bxe5 dxe5 27,ftg6+-) 24.QhS+ Kf7 25.Qxh7+ KeS 26.QgS+ Kd7 27.QxaS Re2 2S.Bf2 I actually saw this position ...why the $*%#@?! didn't I play it?] 22 ...Bc6 23.Rg4+ KhS 24.Re3 RgS 25.RxgS+ KxgS 26.g4 A bit of a non sequitur in the flow of the game, but I had visions of a g5 break, reviving my somewhat irrelevant bishop. [26.Rg3+ KhS 27.Qh5 Rg7 2S.Rxg7 Kxg7 29.g4 might be something for White, but the time for Black's death has obviously passed] 26 ..•Rg7 27.Qf4 b6 2S.Rg3 Bb7 29.Kf2 Qc6 30.Kel Looking to run to the queenside and then go crazy on the kingside. 30 ...b5 31.cxb5 Qxc2 What was once a nice, neat position for moi has turned into an absolute street-fight. The only thing that still gave me comfort is the fact that Black is essentially a rook down for the moment. Plus, any queen trades should lead to a slightly better ending for White to work with 32.Qe3 with cheap threats of Bxf6 32 ...Qbl + 33.Kf2 Bd5 [33 ...Qc2+ 34.Qe2 Qxe2+ 35.Kxe2 Kf7 36.b6 e5 37.fxe6+ Kxe6 3S.h4100ks small edge-ish for White] 34.b6 Kf7 Stopping the Bxf6 nasties and bringing his king closer for an ending [34 ...h5 35.Bxf6 wins] 35.Qel Qc2+ 36.Qe2 Qcl? Diagram

14.•.Ra6 Looked weird to me during the game ...and I still don't completely get it. I would have played 14...d6 and ...Bd7 without much hesitation ...but I'm not an Ace, Dragon player, so I'm probably just

Definitely too aggressive. We were both going for the win here, but with his rook shut out of play Black can't justify it. Trading queens, tho' leading to an ending of annoyance and suffering, has to be done. 37.Re3 KgS 3S.Bxf6 Rf7 39.Bxe7 Qc5 40.Bg5 Misplacing the bishop. Either Kg3 or simply f6 keep Black crushed 40 ...Qxb6 41.Kg3 h5 42.Qd3? Right ideas, totally wrong move order. [42.f6 keeps the queen supporting the ReS venture, and after Kh7, Qd3 will come with tempo ...in other words, White's just winning] 42 ...Qc6 43.f6 hxg4 44.Qe2? COMPLETELY chickening out [44.Qg6+ KhS 45.Bh6 with Bg7+ and Qh5 coming] 44 ...Qd7 45.Qc2 Be6 and Black resigns (no

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further moves recorded). I don't really remember what happened after this (I know I found another excuse not to play the completely winning Qg6+), but Jason went down to 1 second left on our S second delay clock and dropped his queen. A completely ugly, inexcusable game from both sides (how many chances do I need to win?!), but it's nice to start to equalize the score against Doss, anyhow 1-0 John sounds a little hard on himself, don't you think? Anyway, here's a photo of John and Jason hard at work on the post-mortem the final result is still in Black's favour [24 ...Qxb2 2S.Rfl NfS 26.g4 QbS finishes White] 25.Rfl h6 26.Qf8+ Kh7 27.Rf7 [27.Qxe7 Bxfl 2S.Kxfl QbI+ 29.Kf2 Qxb2+ 30.Kg3 Qxc3 31.Qxe6 Qxe3+ still waxes White] 27 ...Qd1+ 2S.Kf2 Qfl+ 29.Kg3 NfS+ 30.Rxf5 [30.Kh3 Bg4+ 31.Kxg4 Qxg2+ 32.KhS Qh3#] 30 ...QxfS 31.Qxf5+ exf5 The rest is routine 32.dxcS g5 33.b4 Kg6 34.a4 a6 3S.h4 Kf7 36.hxgS hxg5 37.Kf2 Bc4 3S.g4 f4 39.exf4 gxf4 40.gS e3+ 41.Kf3 Bb3 42.b5 Bd1+ 43.Kg2 f3+ 44.Kgl f2+ 45.Kf1 Bxa4 White resigns 0-1

Dan Dugovic (1692) - Alexei Gourbonov

(1862)

Alex has just played 29 ... Nf5+ in above game

Photo: Ken Hamilton

[DOO]Queen's pawn game Donley Open (2), OS.07.200S [John Cole} l.d4 dS 2.e3 e6 3.Nd2 fS 4.f4 With a dual Stonewall structure ...this is going to be one boring game ... 4...Nf6 S.Ngf3 cS 6.c3 Committing White to passivity. Matching Black blow for blow with 6. c4 might not be a terrible idea, with more open play resulting 6...Bd6 7.NeS 0-0 S.Bd3 Nc6 9.0-0 Qb6 The queen is useless stranded out here. 9 ...Bd7 immediately, with plans ofBeS-hS, looks good 10.Ndf3 Bd7 1l.NgS BxeS Giving away his only good bishop looks like positional suicide; admitting a mistake with 1l...Qc7 looks more prudent 12.fxeS Ne4 13.Bxe4 [13.Nxe4 fxe4 14.Be2 cxd4 lS.cxd4100ks like a small edge for White, with some room to do things with his two bishops.{15.exd4? Nxe5) ] 13 ...fxe4 14.Qb3 [14.QhS Rxfl+ lS.Kxfl Rf8+ 16.Kgl h6 drives White back to the sea] 14 ...Rxfl+ IS.Kxfl Rf8+ 16.Kgl Qa6 17.Qdl Ne7 A good move, seeking to relocate the knight to greener pastures IS.Bd2 Diagram

Jason Doss (2340) - Drew Hollinberger

(1896)

[AI0] Queen's Indian defense Donley Open (4), 05.07.200S [John Cole} l.c4 b6 2.Nc3 Bb7 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.d4 Ne4?! Some "normality" might have been reached with 4 ...e6, with a standard QID 5.Qc2 fS 6.d5 Shutting the bishop out of play 6...Nxc3 7.Qxc3 e6 S.dxe6 dxe6 9.Bg5 Black's bishop has been reactivated, but the opening of the position is definitely a disservice; White's pieces will home in on Black's king mercilessly 9...QcS 10.Rdl a5 With the cute threat of ...Bb4 1l.a3 Nc6 12.Ne5 Ne7 13.Nd7 When an opponent's knight is posted this far into your position on move 13, you might gather that things have gone poorly 13 ...N c6 14.e3 Kf7 IS.c5 bxc5 16.Be2 Kg6 Diagram

17.g4! Bd6 [17 ...KxgS IS.gxf5 exfS 19.RgI+ is terminal for the Black king] lS.gxf5+ exf5 19.Rgl Bxh2 20.Bh5+ Black resigns 1-0 IS ...Bb5 Infiltrating the now weak light squares, the price White has paid by giving up his good bishop (and the price all Stonewallers pay quite often) 19.Qg4 Rf5 20.Nh3 Be2 21.Qg3 Qd3 22.Nf4 The only move, since Bclle1 allows mate and Qe1 falls to Rfl + 22 ...Rxf4 23.Qxf4 Qxd2 24.Qf2 Qc2 Allowing unnecessary complications, tho' Meanwhile, Mike Herron was steadily keeping pace with John Cole. Here is his first round game with Chris Prather, who had already taken a half point from him at the Howard County Open in April. This was a tough game for both players, Mike grinding out a win in an instructive endgame.

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Chris Prather (1730) - Mike Herron (2087) Mike Herron (2087) - Bob Banta (1876)
[B2S] Sicilian Defense Donley Open (2),05.07.2005 [Mike Herron] 1.e4 Still e-pawn. I guess I'll keep opening this way until somebody crushes me with a line I don't know - then I'll probably run back to Torre or Nimzo-Larsen. 1...cS 2.Ne3 Ne6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 S.d3 d6 6.Nge2 e6 7.Be3 Nge7 S.Qd2 h6 9.0-0 RbS 10.f4 bS 1l.Nd1 I used to play this closed Sicilian line all the time back in high school (18 years ago!). This knight retreat is my pet maneuver, which intends c3, d4 and then swinging the knight forward again via f2, e3 or c3. 1l ...Bb7 12.e3 fS 13.exfS NxfS 14.Bf2 0-0 lS.Ne3 Nee7 16.Bxb7 Rxb7 17.g4 Nxe3 lS.Qxe3 QeS This looks a little suspicious to me. Instead, 18...Qd7 guards d6 and allows the queen to move along the second rank. 19.Bg3 Takes advantage of the queen's absence to introduce the possibility of f5 and Bxd6 at some point. 19...NdS? This also looks doubtful, as it seems to lose a tempo or two. Interesting is 19...e5, but after 20.h3 I still prefer White. 20.Qe4 Kh7? Loses a pawn. Even worse is 20 ...Qe8?? 21.c4, winning a piece. It's psychologically difficult to admit a mistake and return a piece to the square it came from, but sometimes it's necessary. The only move to hold on is 20 ...Ne7. 21.fS! His e6 pawn guards the errant knight and thus can't capture on f5. 21. ..gxfS 22.gxfS Nf6 23.Qxe6 Rb6 24.QxeS RxeS 2S.Nf4 dS 26.Ne6 BhS 27.Rfe1 e4! A very good idea, which I had missed. He gains the terrific square e4 for his knight, while simultaneously slamming the door on my planned e-file penetration. The win is a bit more difficult now. 2S.d4 Ne4 29.BeS RgS+ 30.Kf1 Slightly weaker is 30.KhI?? Nf2#. 30 •.•Nd2+ 31.Kf2 Ne4+ 32.Ke3 Rg2 This looks quite strong, but I now have a tactic that leaves me clearly winning. The best chance for a swindle might be 32 b4. 33.Rg1! With the cute point that 33 ..Rxb2 is met by Nf8#. 33 Rxg1 34.Rxg1 Bf6 Best. On 34 ...Bxe5 the two connected passers are too strong. 3S.Bxf6 Nxf6 36.Rg7+ KhS 37.Rg6 NgS 3S.Kf4 Ra6 39.a3 Rd6 40.KeS Rd7 4l.f6 Rf7 42.NdS Kh7 43.RxgS! Since I win a lot of games by getting a slight material edge, neutralizing counterplay and then exchanging down to a won ending, I'm always on the lookout for simplifying combos. This is an example. 43 ...KxgS 44.Nxf7 Kxf7 4S.KfS as 46.h4 Black . 1-0 [B10] Caro Kann Defense Donley Open (1),05.07.2005 [Mike Herron] 1.e4 c6 2.c4 e6 3.Ne3 dS 4.exdS cxdS S.cxdS exdS 6.d4 Nf6 7.Nf.3 Nc6 S.Be2 Be7 9.0-0 0-0 1O.Bf4 a6 l1.Rcl h6 12.NeS Qb6 13.Nxe6 bxc6 Not what I want to do, since the weak pawns on c6 and a6 bedevil me throughout the game, but 13...Qxc6 14.Nb5 looks unpleasant, too. 14.b3 BfS IS.Na4 Qb716.NcS BxcS 17.RxcS Ne41S.Rc1 RfeS 19.Bg4 Qd7 20.BxfS QxfS 21.Bc7 Re6 22.f.3 Nf6 23.Qe2 QgS 24.Qf2 ReS 2S.BaS ReeS 26.Rc2 QfS 27.Rfe1 Qd3 2S.Rd2 QbS 29.Be3 Re2 30.Qfl Rxd2 31.Bxd2 On 31.Qxb5? the desperado 31 ...Rxg2+ wins a pawn 31...Re2 32.Qd1 NhS I tried to make 32 ...Qd3 work, but after 33.Bf4 Qxdl 34.Rxdl Rxa2 35.Rcl I have nothing. 33.Re3 Threatening the rude 34.a4 winning the exchange 33 ...Re6 34.Re3 Qb6 3S.Rxe6 fxe6 36.Be3 Nf6 37.Qe2 Kf7 3S.g3 Nd7 39.Qd2 QbS 40.Bf2 Nf6 41.Kg2 with a draw offer that I decline, though the ending looks dead even. 41...gS 42.h3 After the game my opponent suggested 42.g4, possibly with 43.Bg3 to follow. This looks good, and had he played g4, either now or in the next few moves, it's hard to imagine him losing. 42 ...Qb6 43.Qd3 QbS 44.Qe2 Kg7 4S.a4 Qb7 46.QeS hS 47.Be3? ...last chance for g4. 47 ...g4! The only winning try. It exposes White's king a bit and gives my knight a beautiful square on e4. 4S.fxg4 hxg4 49.Qd6? This gets him in trouble.He already has to be careful because queens and knights combine wonderfully when the knight can anchor on a dominant square like e4, but moves like 49.hxg4 or even 49.Qc2 should hold. 49 ...Qxb3 SO.Qxe6 Qe2+ Winning a pawn. S1.Bf2 gxh3+ S2.Qxh3 Qxa4 S3.g4 Qd1 S4.Qf.3 Qxf.3+ SS.Kxf.3 Diagram

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So I'm a pawn up, but the win is far from clear. White appears to be able to blockade my pawns on the dark squares, distract my king with his passed pawn and then stroll his king over to gobble all my pawns.SS ...Ne4 S6.Be1 Nd6 S7.Kf4 Ne4! Step one. The knight on c4 denies king penetration via e5 and supports the advance of the passed apawn. SS.KfS Kf7 S9.gS as 60.g6+ Kg7 61.Ke6 Kxg6 62.Kd7 KfS 63.Kxe6 Ke4 Step two. My king arrives back just in time to save the dpawn. Now I combine threats to queen the a-pawn and threats to win his d-pawn. 64.KeS a4 6S.Kb4 a3 Of course not 65...Kxd4 66.Kxa4 when he can sacrifice his bishop for the last pawn and draw. 66.Be3 Kd3 67.Bal During the game 67.Kb3 worried me, but afterwards Alex Gorbounov pointed out 67 ...Nd2+, which wins after 68.Kb4 Kc2 or 68.Bxd2 Kxd2 69.Kxa3 Kd3 70.Kb2 Kxd4 7l.Kc2 Ke3 72.Kdl Kd3 73.Kel Kc2 74.Ke2 d4. 67 ...Ke2 6S.KcS Kbl 69.Be3 The alternative is 69.Kxd5 Kxal 70.Kxc4 Kb2 71.d5 a2 72.d6 al=Q 63.d7 Qa5 where I win by one move. 69 ...Nb2 and the pawn queens. 70.KxdS a2 71.KeS alQ n.dS QaS 73.Ke6 Ne4 White resigns. What a battle! Hard to believe there were three more games to play that day. 0-1 As you can see, when Mike annotates, he lets it all hang out! Here's his second round game against Bob Banta: I present it without diagrams for space reasons, rather than abridge his commentary.

John Cole (2338) - Carl Corvin (1841)
[B06] Modern Defense Donley Open (I), 05.07.2005 [John Cole] 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.Ne3 e6 A system popular with club players; a path to a "normal" Pirc/Modern would be 3...d6 4.Be3 dS S.Qd2 The point, stopping Black from placing his knight on h6 and annoying White's centre S...QaS [5...dxe4 6.Nxe4 Nd7 7.Nf3 Ngf6 8.Nxf6+ Nxf6 9.Bd3 is

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what small amount of theory I know in this line, with a good edge to White]6.e5 Shutting down Black's bishop, tho' giving Black a good outpost on fS 6•..BfS 7.Nge2 Nd7 S.Ng3 Be6 White looks simply completely winning, but in these sort of Modem positions, looks can often be deceiving. Black still has counterplay involving ...hS and ...Nh6-fS, annoying White to no end. White's job will be to try to break the position open somehow, most likely with an f4-S pawn break. 9.00-0 h5 10.Bd3 Nh6 ll.Kbl h412.Nge2 Diagram Now 31.Qxh4 is a killer 31.Rd7 Nf4 Possibly played with a sigh of relief 32.Qxh4 Bg7 33.Nb3 Qb6 34.Rd6 White's game has gone from a violent mate to a likely draw. But Black gradually goes astray again 34 ...Rxe6 34 ...Qc7 3S.Rd7 Qb6 might have led to a draw by repetition, particularly as I suspect both players were running short of time 3S.Rxe6 Nxe6 36.Qe4 Ne7 37.NeS Qxe5 3S.Qxe6+ KhS 39.Qxa6 Qe6 40.Qxe6 Nxe6 41.Rel Nd4 42.Re4 KgS 43.e3 bxc3 44.bxc3 Nb5 45.Kb2 Nd6 46.Rb4 Kf7 47.a4 NeS 4S.aS Bf8 49.Re4 Nd6 SO.Re7+ Ke6 51.a6 Nb5 52.Rb7 Be5 53.Rxb5 Be3 54.Rb7 even S4.RxeS+ wins [S4.RxeS+ KxeS SS.d4+]S4 .•.KfS SS.a7 Bxa7 S6.Rxa7 resigns 1-0 David Witwer, incidentally, is the current Scholastic Grade 7 Champion ofIndiana, and a former Grade 6 and Under Champ. He is a real live wire, and alternatively standing and squirming in his seat really took it to Chris Prather, who told me afterwards he was very impressed by David's play. David, shown here in a tense second round game he lost to the experienced and higher rated Drew Hollinberger, is a bright In the Bob Banta Mike Herron.

12...Nf5? [12 ...BfS 13.Bxh6 Bxh6 14.f4 e6 IS.BxfS gxfS 16.g3 is a good edge for White, with eventual hopes of a g4-fS plan. The text gives White too many weaknesses to prey on, most prominently Black's soon to be astray fpawn] 13.Nf4 Threatening 14. NcxdS Qxd2 IS. Nc7+ Kf8 16. Nxe6+ 13...Nf8 14.Nxe6 Nxe6 IS.BxfS gxf516.Qd3 Bringing the pawn forward a bit more ... 16 ..•f4 17.Bd2 More precise would be 17. Bel immediately, saving a tempo and threatening QfS right out 17.••Qb6 IS.Ne2 Bh6 19.Bel a5 20.e3 a4 21.Qf5 eS 22.Bxf4 a3 23.b3 e4 24.b4 Looks ugly, but White has all the bases covered 24 •..Ra4 25.Kal Bxf4 26.Nxf4 Rxb4? 27.Nxd5 Resigns 1-0

David Witwer (1666) - Chris Prather

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David Witwer v. Drew Hollinberger Photo: Ken Hamilton

[B26] Closed Sicilian Defense Donley Open (4), OS.07.2005 [Ken Hamilton and John Cole] 1.e4 eS 2.Ne3 Ne6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 S.d3 d6 6.Be3 The most annoying Closed Sicilian, looking to play Qd2, threatening Bh6 with the proverbial spanner in Black's kingside works. Black's best plan is usually just to allow White to carry out his plan, looking to bash the queenside while the queen is out and about. JC 6...e6 7.Qd2 hS? Definitely not the way to stop Bh6 .... Qa5 looks more like a plan, with ...bS in the works .JC S.O-O-O Logical, but looks nasty for White. Maybe S. Nge2 Qa5 9. 0-0 is better, with plans ofh3-g4 to open up the kingside when Black castles there. JC S...Nge7 9.h3 Why? 9. f4100ks straightforward 9...Qa5 10.Kbl b5 1l.f4 b4 12.Nee2 e5 13.Nf3 Be6 14.Nel RbS 15.NgS Bd7 16.g4 h4 17.f5 Black's position is definitely worse now 17 ...a61S.Rdfl f619.Ne6 Bxe6 20.fxe6 Na7 21.g5 f5 22.exfS Nxf5 23.Be4 0-0 24.BdS Ne7 25.Bb3 d5 26.Rf7 Nae6 27.Qf2 RbdS 2S.Bxc5 RdeS 29.Bxd5 NxdS 30.Bxf8 Bxf8 Diagram

Drew Hollinberger

(1896) - Josh Bousum (2056)

[B52] Sicilian Defense Donley Open (4), 05.07.2005 [John Cole] 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.Bb5+ One of many ways to take all the fun out of a Sicilian 3 ...Bd7 The move I playas well, but 3 ...Nd7 offers more active prospects for both sides 4.Bxd7+ Qxd7 S.c4 Ne6 6.Ne3 g6 7.d4 cxd4 S.Nxd4 Bg7 9.Nde2 Nf6 10.0-0 0-0 ll.f3 Objectively, positions like this should be equal, but White's space advantage and solid pawn structure make this a moot point. Black's goal will be to push through one of two pawn breaks - ...bS or ...dS, usually one being in conjunction with another. ll ...RaeS With the previous in mind, maybe 11.. .RabS is more appropriate, aiming to support ...b5 12.Be3 b613.Rel RfdS 14.Qd2 Qb7 Aiming for ...a6 and ...bS IS.Rfdl QbS I'm not sure I get this move. IS a6 seems to the point 16.b3 a617.a4 [17.NdS is another idea, with 17 NxdS IS. cd Ne5 19. Nd4 being much better for White. 17 bS? loses a pawn to IS. cb ab 19. Rxc6. Black would have to play 17 Nd7 and try to hold the fort] 17 ...Nd7 IS.Re2 IS. NdS is better, with pressure on the b pawn and threats ofb4-S IS ...NeS 19.Nel Nb4 20.Rb2 Black's position was cramped and ugly looking only a few moves ago; suddenly, the picture has changed dramatically, and Black looks perfectly fine 20 ...Ne6 21.Nla2 Nxa2 22.Rxa2 Bxc3 23.Qxc3 bS The long awaited ...bS break, even at the cost of his dark squared bishop, heralds full equality for Black 24.axb5 axbS 2S.Qb4 bxc4 26.QxbS RxbS 27.bxe4 RdeS 2S.Ra4 Rb3 [2S ...Rb2 looks right, cutting the king offfrom the action and possibly securing a small edge for Black] 29.Kf2 Rb2+ 30.Rd2 Rxd2+ 31.Bxd2 NcS 32.Ra3 f6 33.Bb4 Kf7 34.Ke3 Nd7 3S.Rc3 RbS 36.Ba3 Ke6 Y>-Y>

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Mike Herron (2087) - John Cole (2338)
[B2S] Closed Sicilian Defense Donley Open (4),05.07.2005 [Mike Herron) l.e4 cS 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 S.d3 d6 6.Nge2 eS 7.Be3 Nge7 S.Qd2 Be6 9.0-0 0-0 10.f4 Qd7 1l.Ndl Intending 12.c3 and 13.d4 1l ...b6 12.c4 His last move defended his c-pawn, enabling him to answer 12.c3 with12 ...d5, so I change plans. 12..•a6 13.Ndc3 bS 14.NdS Not 14.cxb5 axb5 15.Nxb5 Rxa2 when I'm left with a weak b-pawn, or. 14.b3?? as 14..exf4 and 15...b4 wins material. 14...BxdS 1S.cxd5 Nd4 16.fxeS dxeS 17.Nxd4 cxd4 lS.BgS f6! Forcing me to exchange my good bishop. 19.Bh6 RacS 20.Bxg7 Kxg7 21.Racl Rxcl 22.Rxc1 RcS 23.Rc2 Rxc2 24.Qxc2 QcS 2S.QxcS. 2S...NxcS This is one of the most interesting positions of my tournament. It is a draw, but it takes a lot of careful study to understand why. Black has two possible tries to win: the first is 5L.Nc3, since the knight cannot be taken - this is the third level of my defensive idea. I simply play 52.Be2! and then after 52 ...Kg5 53.Kf2 whether he takes the bishop or not he can never playM because my d-pawn (remember my d-pawn?) queens. So he can't make progress. The second try is to leave the knight on b5 and go 5l...Kg5 52.Kf2 h4 53.gxh4+ Kxh4 then after 54.Kg2 g3 (what else? 54".Nc3 55.d6 or 54".Kg5 55.Kg3) I have conventional options, but there is the amazing resource 55.Bxb3! axb3 56.a4, as John pointed out after the game. I must confess I hadn't seen this, but I like to think I would have if we had arrived at this position. He can stop the pawns with56 ...Na7, e.g. 57.d6 (7) Kg5! 58.d7 Nc6 59.a5 Kf6 60.a6 Ke7. But instead of 57.d6 (?) I can calmly play 57.a5 (!) forcing 57".Kg5 58.Kxg3. Here my 2 pawns are the equal of the knight since any attempt by his king to capture my a-pawn will allow me to chomp his e-pawn with actual winning chances. So it's a draw. Incredible ending - I was quite happy to hold it and get to be co-champ. %-%

Probably we're both happy with this ending. He can play for a win with no risk. But I have drawing chances and, as Jim Dean once told me, "Like to suffer." 26.Bh3 Nd6 27.Kf2 2S.Bg2 Kf6 29.Ke2 a5 30.Kd2 KgS 31.Ke2 This is much trickier than it seems. He has a great knight versus a bad bishop, and the knight gives him chances all over the board. He can exchange on e4 or not; he can play on the q-side or the k-side. I have to place my pieces so that I can respond to whatever path he chooses, and I must avoid getting a pawn locked on a square where the knight can dance around to take it. 31. •.b4 32.Bf3 Kf6 33.Kd2 Ke7 34.Kc2 a4 3S.Kd2 Nb7 36.Bdl NcS 37.Bf3 b3 3S.a3 The queenside is now locked. His only chance there is to put his knight on b5 and sac on a3, so I have to make sure that at any time he's a move away from getting the knight to b5, I'm a move away from getting my bishop or king in position to stop the b-pawn. 3S ...Kd6 39.Bg2 f4 He's now committed to try to win by simultaneously using his kingside pawn majority and menacing my queenside with the knight. 40.Bf3 fxg3 41.hxg3 h5 42.Ke2 Nd7 43.Bg2 gS 44.Bh3 g4 4S.Bfl Man, this bishop is bad but it has a heroic defensive role to play. 4S...Nf6 46.Kf2 Ke7 47.Be2 NeS 4S.Ke1 Nd6 49.Kf2 NbS SO.Bd1! An ultra-cool defensive idea on several levels. The first: if! put my king on the queenside instead of the bishop, then he plays Kf6, Kg5, h4 etc pushing the pawn through on the helpless bishop. So it's the bishop on the q-side, king on the k-side to stop the potential passed pawn. The second level: 50 ...Nxa3 is prevented since 51.bxa3 b2 52.Bc2 stops the pawn. SO..•Kf6 S1.Kf1

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Mike and John, co-champions

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William Kuhn (1505) - Keith Schuman (1378)
[A40] Queen's Pawn game Donley, Reserve Section (3), 05.07.2005 [Ken Hamilton} l.d4 g6 2.e3 hS 3.f4 e6 4.Nf3 h4 S.h3 Nf6 6.Bd3 d6 7.Nbd2 NhS S.O-O Ng3 9.Rf2 Be7 10.Ne4 NfS 1l.Bd2 Nd7 12.NegS Ng3 13.Bxg6 BxgS 14.NxgS fxg6 1S.Nxe6 Qe716.Qg4? Diagram

White had taken advantage of Black's bizarre opening moves and could have obtained a winning advantage with the simple 16.Nxc7+. But he saw an alternative attacking move - missing Black's deadly response, 16".NfS. However, Black misses it, too.16 ...Kf717.fS NxfS Inviting the following exchange sac. 17".g5 would have been better lS.RxfS+ gxfS

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22.bxe6 Ba6 Nice try, but... 23.e4 nips Black's idea in the bud. 23 ...Qe7 24.Bxh4 Qxf4 2S.Bel Qe3+ 26.Qxe3 Nxe3 Diagram

19.Rfl? White is winning after 19.Wg7+ Kxe6 20.d5+ 19••.Qxe6 20.RxfS+ White is lost 20 ...Nf6 21.e4 QxfS 22.Qe2 Nxe4 23.Qe4+ Be6 24.Qxe7+ Kf6 2S.Be3 Rag8 26.Kh2 Qfl White resigns. A harumscarum game. 0-1

Randall Derby (1117) - William Kuhn (1505)
[D31] Queen's Gambit Declined Donley Reserves (2), 05.07.2005 [Ken Hamilton] l.d4 dS 2.e4 e6 3.Ne3 Bb4 4.Bd2 Nf6 S.a3 Be7 6.e3 0-0 7.Bd3 eS 8.Nf3 Qe7 9.exdS e4? 10.NbS Qb6 1l.Bxe4 a6 Diagram

27.Ba4? The simple 27.Rf2 was much stronger 27 .•.Bxe4? 27 ...Nxfl was obviously better 28.Rf2 NfS 29.Rb2 Nd6 30.Bg3 eS 31.dxeS Ne4 32.Bel fxeS 33.e7 Ree8 34.Be6 Rxe7?? absolute desperation 3S.Bxa8 Re8 36.RxaS A rook and a minor piece up - I imagine Eric's face was wreathed in smiles. It should have been. 36 ...Nf6 Black should have resigned here. 37.NxeS Re8 38.Nf3 Kh7 39.Ra7+ Kh6 40.Bd2+ KhS 41.g4+ Nxg4 42.Rh7+ Nh6 43.Rxh6# 1-0 Dave Frey had a won game from the early stages of this one, then got careless, losing his chance to win the Reserve section ...

Keith Schuman (1378) - David Frey (1555)
[BI0]Caro Kann Defense Donley Reserves, 05.07.2005 [Ken Hamilton] l.e4 e6 2.Nf3 dS 3.eS Bg4 4.d3 e6 S.a3 Nd7 6.Bf4 Qb6 7.b3 BeS 8.d4 Bxf3 9.Qxf3 Bxd4 10.Qg3 Bxal11.Qxg7 Qd4 12.Qxh8 0-0-0 13.Be3 QxeS? 14.Qxh7 fS IS.Bd3 f4 16.0-0 fxe3 17.fxe3 Ngf6 18.Qh3 NhS 19.Nd2 Rh8 20.Qf3 Rf8 21.Qe2 Be3 22.RxfS+ NxfS 23.NG Qh8 24.Qf2 eS 2S.BfS+ Ke7 26.Qh4 e4 27.Qe7+ Kb6 28.b4 Diagram

12.Qa4? Inviting the following unpleasant pin. The simple 12.Nc3 would have left Black wondering why he had embarked upon the risky 9 c4 escapade. 12 ...Bd7 13.BaS Both sides are throwing punches 13 axbS 14.Bxb6 bxa4 IS.dxe6 Bxe6 The smoke has cleared and White is up two pawns, but down a piece, due to his overly-ambitious aggression. 16.Rc1 Bxe4 17.Rxe4 Nbd7 18.Be7 Rfe8 19.Ke2 Nb6 20.Re2 NbdS 21.Rhel Bd8 22.BeS Rxe2+ 23.Rxe2 h6 24.h3 Nb6 2S.Nd2 Re8 26.Rxe8 Nxe8 27.Ne4 NdS 28.NaS?? An unfortunate blunder. 28 ...BxaS White resigns. with one piece down, there was still play left in the position, but with two pieces down, nope. 0-1 28 ...Qg7? 28 ....Qf6 and Black still wins. 29.Qd8+ Ka6 30.QaS# 1-0

Eric Miller (1265) - Keith Schuman (1378)
[B06] Modern Defense Donley reserves (4), 05.07.2005 [Ken Hamilton] l.e4 g6 2.d4 hS Keith tries the same dubious system he used to (fortunate) good effect against Bill Kuhn in the previous round. 3.Be4 e6 4.Ne3 a6 S.f4 e6 6.Nf3 bS 7.Bb3 Black's position looks like something we might see in a game of checkers. Finally he feels compelled to move a piece. 7•.•Bb7 8.Be3 dS? Why not? After all, the Black square weaknesses are already irreparable ... 9.exdS exdS 10.Qe2 Nh6 1l.h3 NfS 12.Bf2 h4 As we have seen, Keith likes this set-up. I doubt he'll repeat it, however. 13.NeS Bb4 14.0-0 Bxe3 IS.bxe3 Qf6 16.a4 0-0 17.axbS as 18.e4 Qg7 19.eS Now White is a pawn up, with a commanding advantage in space. 19 ...f6 20.Nf3 Re8 21.e6 Nxe6

Keith Schuman (1378) - William Ristow (1520)
[COO] French Defense Donley Reserve (1), 05.07.2005 [Ken Hamilton] l.e4 e6 2.NG dS 3.eS eS 4.e3 Ne6 S.d3 Nge7 6.BgS Qb6 7.b3 Ng6 8.Qe2 h6 9.Bd2 Be7 10.g3 0-0 1l.Bg2 f6 12.Bf4 fxeS 13.BxeS NgxeS 14.NxeS Nxe5 15.Qxe5 Bf6 16.Qe2 Bd7 17.0-0 Rae8 18.Qe2 Be6 19.Nd2 e5 20.Rael Re7 21.e4 d4 22.Ne4 Bxe4 23.Bxe4 Kh8 24.Qe2 Re7 2S.Qh5 Bg5 26.h4 Bd2 27.Rdl Be3 28.Qxe5 Ref7 29.Qh5 Rf6 30.f4 Qe7 31.Qf3 b6 32.Rf2 Qf7 33.Rdfl g5 34.hxg5 hxg5 35.Qh1+ Kg8 Black resigns, in view of35 ...Kg8 36.Bd5 1-0

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Chess IN Indiana Scholastic Chess- Steve Steppe reports:
Scholastic Chess ofIndiana Girls' State Championship. The Orchard School ofIndianapolis won the Elementary Division (6th. Grade and Under). The number I seed, Orchard, won ailS of its matches. Team members were Andrew Sutphin, McClain Bishop, George Feng and Ames Walker. McClain won ailS of his games on board 2. Sycamore School of Indianapolis became a "three-peat" champion, winning the Primary Division (3rd. Grade and Under) for the third year in a row. Starting the day as the number 5 seed, Sycamore won all 6 of its matches! Team members were Yushi Homma, Samuel Concannon, Jeffrey Cheng and Danielle Kluttz. Yushi and Jeffrey swept all 6 of their games on boards I and 3, respectively. Homma has been the board I player for all 3 championship teams 2003-2005. Chief Tournament Directors were Steve Steppe and Bob Fischer, who was also the local site coordinator. Indiana State Grade Championships

The Second Annual Indiana Girls State championship was held on Saturday, April 2, 2005 at the Avon Middle School, hosted by Cathy Klemmenson and directed by Steve Steppe. 12 girls competed for the title, which earned the winner the right to represent the state at the Susan Polgar National Invitational for Girls. Krista Selby, a 9th. grader from Terre Haute, finished with 3.5 points from four rounds and was crowned the Indiana State Girls Champion. Krista's younger sister, Sarah - who won the title last year - finished tied for seconds with Samantha Kumfer. Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 II 12 Krista Selby Sarah Selby Samantha Kumfer Jessica Wright Maria Fouts Emily Pressler Alexis Saksa Marilla Havens Tyler Nathan Rachel Pressler Kathryn Tomey Meghana Puchalapalli 1284 1108 792 1145 1259 899 652 948 637 456 Unr. 708 Points 3.5 3.0 3.0 2.5 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0

The Canterbury School website provided sufficient information for the following report - Ed. On April 23 the Indiana State Grade Championships were held, hosted by the Canterbury School of Fort Wayne and sponsored by Whitley Manufacturing, which covered the tournament costs including table rentals and the $100 savings bonds that were awarded to the first-place WInners. The tournament was held over 5 rounds at game/60, though at kindergarten level 2 minutes were deducted in consideration for not recording the moves ... Tiebreaks decided the winner of kindergarten, 7th. and io.iz" grades (this year grades 10 through 12 were combined), the winner is the firstnamed player below. All told, 309 boys and girls participated in the tournament, which was directed by Bryan Ryker. Kindergarten 1st Grade 2nd Grade 3rd. Grade 4th. Grade 5th. Grade 6th. Grade 7th. Grade 8th. Grade 9th. Grade 10th - 12th. Grade Michael Brothers, Jared France (5.0) Tyler Margetts (5.0) Sean Vibbert (5.0) Yushi Homma (5.0) Alek Jansen (5.0) Youkow Homma (5.0) Fengyee Zhou (5.0) David Witwer, Jimmy Hong Sun (4.5) Evan Hanley (5.0) Karl Roots (5.0) Matthew Fouts (II th), Ben Inskeep (lih) Logan Stalions (11 th) (4.5)

The Susan Polgar Invitational will be held August 7-12 during the U.S. Open Tournament in Phoenix, Arizona. Last year the Selby family had a wonderful time at the Susan Polgar Invitational in Fort Lauderdale, as reported in the September, 2004 issue. There they met not only with GM Polgar andformer world champion GM Anatoly Karpov, but also other luminaries of the world of chess. We lookforward to hearingfrom the Selbys in time to provide a report in the next. issue! - Ed Scholastic Chess ofIndiana Team State Finals.

Over 560 chess players in grades K - 12 competed in the 36th. annual Scholastic Team Chess Championships at Honey Creek MS in Terre Haute on Saturday, April 16, 2005. Competing in teams of four players (plus alternates), scholastic state team champions were crowned in four different divisions. Three of the number I seeds prevailed for the day. In the High School Division (12th.Grade and Under), top seeded Terre Haute South Vigo High School won 4.5 of its 5 matches, coming from behind to defeat Lafayette Jefferson High School in the last round. South Vigo was the defending champion. Team members were Matt Fouts, Nicholas Lynch, E.G.Wright III, Maria Fouts and Krista Selby. Matt Fouts and Nicholas lynch on boards I and 2 won ailS of their games (they were also on the 2004 championship team). Krista Selby won all 3 games she played on board 4. The Middle School Division (8th. Grade and Under) was also won by a number I seed. Canterbury School of Fort Wayne won all 5 of its matches. Team members were David Witwer, Daniel Ryker, Sam Dragan and William Daley, Dan winning ailS of his games on board 2. This team has now won 3 state championships in a row, having won the 6th. Grade and Under Division in 2003 and 2004. They also won the 3rd. and Under title in 200 I! - Witwer, Ryker and Dragan have been a part of all 4 championship teams.

Matt Fouts drew with Maria Fouts in the last round; despite dropping this half-point he still won first place on tie break! I enjoy seeing the progress of these talented kids, grade by grade ...you will find their names in these pages throughout their school careers, as they continue to record successful results in scholastic chess and, inevitably, in adult chess tournaments also. For example, Ben Inskeep is the current High School champion and last year won the Open Section of the Indiana State Championship, ISCA's biggest tournament, on tie break points. Ironically he ceded Ft. place in the Canterbury tournament to Matt Fouts, on tiebreaks! Matt, now in the u": Grade, was the winner of last year's Grade 10 title. - Ed

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Chess is becoming increasingly popular in China, and the participation in international tournaments by a growing number of topflight men and women players serves to increase our awareness of the strides that country is making in all walks of life. The HB Foundation is an offshoot of the Hua Bao Group, a large chemical andfragrance manufacturer based in Shanghai. I don't know how GM Maurice Ashley first came in contact with HB Global, but the association of an energetic American GM with a wealthy company looking to build its public relations in the West led logically, I suppose, to the organization of a Swiss system tournament boasting the largest prize money fund in history: $500,000 guaranteed! Held May 18 through 22 at the Minneapolis Convention Center attracted over 1600 participants, in seven sections, roughly twice the number of players at the Chicago Open in the following week. There were 26 GMs at Chicago, 50 at Minneapolis. Money talks. The Open section was won by GM Zviad Izoria,from the former Soviet Republic of Georgia; he pocketed $50,000 for his efforts. Several Hoosiers made the trek to Minnesota, including Matt Fouts, who finished equal second in the Under 2000 section with three other players and earned a respectable $4,750 prize. Another was ISCA vice president andformer C.I.I. editor Jay Carr. He had told me he was going to treat the trip as a mini-vacation and promised to send me games etc from the tournament. On his return I quizzed him as follows: KH: Didyou enjoy the trip? JC: Yes, I did! I traveled to the tournament with Pat Baker of Evansville - a boon companion with whom I had also split expenses at the National Open in Las Vegas last year. We flew up to Minneapolis the day before the start of the 5-day schedule to sample some of the sights and cuisine. On Wednesday, after being among the first to sign in (I still regret not getting a "staged" photo of Pat or me at the "Grandmaster Check-in") we explored the convention center. I participated in the first game played on the oversized chess set there and ended up winning against a player from Atlanta - that was the only time I would taste victory until the . work on the openings is necessary for me to compete successfully in a strong event. Finding the time to do this is problematic, however. (We hear you, Jay, we hear you ...} KH: Did the hotel and playing site come up to expectations? JC: Players stayed in several hotels near the convention center. Minneapolis has a vast "Skyway" network downtown that allows one to walk great distances between buildings without going outside (no doubt a great advantage during the hard Minnesota winters, but we enjoyed it sheltering from the rain). We stayed at the Hilton, others at the Hyatt or Millennium hotels, all just a few blocks away; they were all nice places to stay, and the playing site also met with our approval. The top ten boards or so were on a stage with a large projection screen behind them featuring the top 4 games using the Blitzin interface that all of us ICCers are familiar with. The playing hall was huge, easily accommodating the roughly 1,600 participants, with room to spare. Upstairs was the analysis room where GMs Kaidanov and Ashley commented on the top games, rotating between them as they became more or less interesting. They worked well together - Ashley trained with Kaidanov at one time, maybe still does for all I know - and all the spectators enjoyed their insight and humor in their banter back and forth. KH: This was an ambitious endeavor - was the affair well organized? JC: Pretty well organized I thought. Each section had "on the floor" directors who were quite visible at all times. There were problems with the microphone/announcements before each round, however. Perhaps the problem was more with Carol Jarecki's voice, as we heard Maurice and others fine. They always stressed to "not talk to anyone but your opponent during your game" and a couple times I even saw them enforcing this rule in the lower sections. The Open section players pretty much ignored it from what we could see - but who's going to help GMs? KH: Did you see much of other Hoosier players? JC: I tried to follow their progress, but it was difficult with long, tense games of my own. Unhappily Garrett Smith and Jason Fried were ~ven paired with each other one round - I thought one of them would brmg home some bacon in the U2000, but it turned out that Matthew Fouts would accomplish that. It was often a struggle to find where the players were in such a large playing hall and, not wanting to spend too much time away from my games, I often couldn't locate other Indiana players. KH: Are you glad you played the full 5-day schedule? JC: Yes. I would always do so unless I had limited time off and had to play the accelerated version. There was a lot of tension in that first day of the 3-day schedule for those players who played 5 games. Some enjoy the rush of this, no doubt, but I prefer the more relaxed schedule. KH: Closing comments? JC: Of note was that during the opening ceremonies the HB Foundation honcho was told a certain player needed to make an announcement. The player ascended the steps to the stage and delivered a surprise proposal to his long-time girl friend who was present. She accepted to a lot of cheering. As they left the stage I was gratified that somebody was quickwitted enough to shout "Good move!" There was the usual quota of 'weirdos' and nutcases. When we checked into our hotel we were behind a guy whose only luggage was a small knapsack and a semi-transparent plastic bag with a book on the Sicilian Dragon showing through. This poor guy seemed somewhat disoriented and his shoes were pretty much in tatters. Pat and I shook our heads a a bellhop led him to his room, and speculated on the odds of the bellboy getting a tip ... then there was the guy who was wearing a skirt one daywe tried to give him the benefit of the doubt, hoping it might be a kilt, but no. There were several women playing in the tournament, including Loek van Wely's beautiful wife, who happened to be playing in my U-2200 section. She was seated at a board in the row behind me one round and I

The Big Board, scene of Jay's early triumph

Jay

Throughout the week we found great places to eat, including an Irish pub with the best hamburgers, and Hell's Kitchen, a cafe advertising "Best damned omelettes in town!" Preparation? Who really has time for preparation anymore? Maybe those kids that win all the money ... I tried to prepare a little, still settling into my 3rd. Millennium repertoire that has gaping holes even now, in 2005. In several games I got the worse of the opening and was fighting an uphill battle most of the game. I concluded that more serious, diligent

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could watch my opponent's eyes following her every time she got up from the board (announced by the clacking of high-heeled shoes). One grouchy idiot in my section seemed to be so unhappy to be there I wondered why he played .. .In one round, he plopped down on the board next to mine (every two boards there was a two-sided plastic marker, e.g. 281 on one side and 282 on the other) and apparently he saw that two boards down was 280 and assumed the board next to mine was 279, but it was really 281. After a while another player showed up at 281 - a foreign guy - and Grouchy Idiot says "Are you Ghandi?" ( the player he was paired with) and Foreign Guy, clearly not understanding him, just kind of nodded and they started playing. Eventually Foreign Guy noticed Grouchy's name badge (needed to access the playing hall) had a different name from the one he saw on the wall-chart and they discovered they were each playing the wrong opponent. Of course, to Grouchy Idiot this was all Foreign Guy's fault and he began to browbeat him, storming "I asked if you were Ghandi, and you said yes!" Foreign Guy still didn't really understand him, and the grouch began to get up and move to the right table, almost yelling "Well, why did you say you were Ghandi if you weren't?" I was on the verge of intervening, though it wasn't my business, and soooo wanted to ask Grouchy Idiot "Why are you yelling at him? He clearly doesn't understand English very well. .. and you're the one sitting at the wrong board to begin with, you freaking idiot." I found that episode particularly annoying. Some foreign players were confused by how the pairings were listed. They listed all players in alphabetical order so that it would be easy to find your name, e.g. Carr, lA. (B) vs. Doe, John board 282. One Russian guy I played insisted he was White against me (presumably because he found his name listed first) and it took one of the roving TDs to confirm to him that I was White. This was in round 7 and made me wonder "What, has this guy thought he has White in everv game so far???" All amusing stuff... 10...0--0 I1.Qd2 exd6 12.0-0-0 Bg4 (J2 ...Qa5 J3.Bd4 Bxd4 J4.Qxd4 Qxc5 15. Qxd6 Qxd6 16.Rxd6 is "a shade better for White." - Nunn & McNab) 13.Nf3 Nc6 14.cxd6 (14.h4 dxc515.hxg5 hxg5 16.Qe3 Qf6 17. Qxc5 Ne6= (Nunn & McNab)) 14...Rc8 (14 ...Ne5 15.Nd5 Nxj3 16.gxj3 Bxj3 17.Nxf4 Bxh118.Nh5 Bj3 19.Nxg7 Bxd1 20.Qd4 Bg4 is "murky" (Nunn & McNab)) IS.h4 QaS (J 5...Nb4 16.Bd4 Bxj3 17.gxj3 Qxd6 18.hxg5 hxg5 19.Qh2 "and Black is in trouble" - Nunn & McNab (indeed)) 16.Kbl] 1l.g3 [11.Qd2 0--012.0-0-0 Bg4 13.Nf3 here 13 Nc6 transposes back to Nunn & McNab's line but independent is 13 exd6 14.cxd6 Rc8 IS.h4 (15.Nb5 Bf5 16.d7 Qf617.Qc3 Nb4 18.dxc8Q Rxc8 19. Qxc8+ Bxc8 20.Bd4 Qf5 21.Rd2 Nxa2+ 22.Kb1 Nb4 and, at least according to Alburt & Chemin, Black clearly stands better; 15.a3 Ne5 16.Nxe5 Bxd1 17.Nxj7 Rxj7 18.Nxd1 Rd7f.1) IS ...QaS! Black has a strong counterattack - Alburt & Chemin give as an example 16.hxgS Bxc3 17.bxc3 Qa3+ 18.Kbl Be6 19.c4 Nb4 20.c3 BfS+ 21.Kal Nc2+ 22.Kbl Nd4+ 23.Kal Nb3#] 11. ..Ne6?! Here we leave theory [Alburt & Chernin prefer the retreat, I1...Ng6; after my move, which I felt at least had the fact that from e6 the knight was attacking cS going for it, I have trouble developing my queen bishop. 12.Qd2 0--0 13.0-0--0 exd6 14.cxd6 Be6 Alburt & Chemin call this a "precise move (that) allows Black to avoid two of White's protective possibilities." (14 ... Qa5 15.a3; 14... Qf615.Bc5 b616.Ba3) IS.a3 Qf6 where if 16.BcS b6 White no longer has a3 for his bishop.] 12.Bg2 Bd7 [I shied away from 12...QaS because I didn't want to leave the defense of the e-pawn to the knight and king, but after a variation like 13.Bxc6+ (J3.Nge2 Nxc5 14.Bxc6+ bxc615.dxe7±) 13...bxc6 14.dxe7 Black is better after 14...Bxc3+; another idea, to block the defense ofthe d-pawn on the dfile is 12...exd6 13.cxd6 Ned4 14.Nge2 Bg4 IS.0--O and Black has to be wary of capturing on d6 due to Bxc6+, winning. IS ...0-0±] 13.Nge2 Re8 14.0-00-0 Diagram

Snyder,Larry

(2088) - Carr,Jay

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[B07] Pire Defense HB Global Chess Challenge (3),OS.19.200S [Jake Carr] My opponent for this round was an older guy from Berkeley, California. His tournament "uniform" consisted of a t-shirt under an unbuttoned red-flannel shirt (a look he maintained throughout the event - sadly not the only player who wore the same thing day after day ...) and a filthy old maroon visor that he wore while at the board. Eew! l.e4 d6 Pat Baker had been looking at a lot of Pirc stuff on a chess website he frequents, and brought a lot of copies of the analysis & positions with him. Of course, the night before the tournament I whipped out my "Pirc Alert!" book and we both placed our right hand on it and pledged our service to the "Pircaneer" order .... 2.d4 Nf6 3.Ne3 g6 4.BgS The move labeled by GM Chemin as "An Enemy of the Pirc" - I have also faced this in a game with Patrick Mihelich and a blitz game with Emory Tate at the 2004 National Open Blitz Championship. 4...Bg7 S.f4 [S.Qd2 is the most common move here, and what Mihelich played against me; a normal continuation is S...h6 6.Bf4 gS 7.Bg3 NhS 8.0--0-0 Nc6 9.Nge2 Bd7 10.f3 Nxg3 II.hxg3 e6 leading to a roughly level game, according to GM Gallagher. A more aggressive continuation (played by Tate - big surprise there) is S.eS dxeS 6.dxeS Ng4 7.Qxd8+ Kxd8 8.Rdl+ Bd7 (8...Ke8? 9.Nd5 Na6?? 10.Bxa6 bxa611.Nxc7+ Kj812.Rd8#ifI remember correctly, was the pathetic conclusion of the blitz game with Tate.) 9.e6 fxe6 10.Bc4 Ke8 I1.Nf3 Nc6 12.0--0 NceS 13.NxeS NxeS 14.NbS BxbS IS.BxbS+ c6] S...h6 Pat and I had looked at the Pirc some the night before the tournament and at the board I thought I recalled that S...cS was the prescription, but that seemed to lose quickly to simply 6. eS! so I eventually recalled that Black must first push the h-pawn, forcing the dark-squared bishop to un-defend the f4-pawn, before breaking with ...cS. 6.Bh4 eS 7.eS NhS 8.dxeS Nxf4!? [Alburt & Chemin also say 8...dxeS is a quieter continuation "with a complicated endgame" and that my move "rushes into tactical complications" 9.Qxd8+ Kxd8 10.0-0--0+ Bd7 l1.fxeS gS!] 9.exd6 gS 10.Bf2 [10.Bg3 Bxc3+ a novelty recommended in "Pirc Alert" l1.bxc3 Nc6 12.Ne2 QaS 13.Qd2 eS] 10 ...Ne6 [Nunn & McNab's "The Ultimate Pirc" gives:

I found it amusing that, after such a wild opening, we both suddenly 'Just castle." IS.Rbl exd6 16.exd6 NaS? I had become totally frustrated by this point and had, in effect, given up on the game, figuring I should chalk it up as a learning experience in a tricky opening line. (At the board, I wasn't sure ifI had played the opening correctly, even though I had done pretty well up until ...Ne6) [The problem is, there isn't really anything to do for Black; Fritz suggests 16...fS 17.Be3 Kh8 18.Qd2±] 17.NdS+- Black is totally helpless. 17 ...Ne6 18.e4 Kh8 19.b4 NeS 20.eS Ng4 21.Bd4 Nxd4 22.Nxd4 b6 23.NfS BxfS 24.RxfS NeS 2S.Ne7 Black is losing more material and will still have to deal with a pair of passed pawns. Disgusted, I called it a night. 1-0 Matthew Fouts, an n". Grader at Terre Haute South Vigo HS. has been making waves at tournaments of every kindfor the pastfew years. Two years ago we published a drawn game he played against expert Mike Herron in the Donley Open (see page 7, June 2003 issue). He wrote about his trip to Tbilisi, Georgia, where he received tutelage from some very strong chess-playing relatives andfriends who predicted he would soon reach expert level. Since then Matthew has gained some 200 ratings points and entered the HB Global Chess Challenge tournament rated 1950 - he'll probably have his expert rating when the next USCF ratings list is available. I asked Matt to send me a game from the

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tournament, but for several days he was unavailable, blacksmithing with his grandfather (a pursuit that will make him almost as formidable opponent at elbow-wrestling as he is at chess), and though I believe his laptop has ChessHase, it doesn't have an internet connection. So he emailed me the following game without annotation in order for it to make the deadline for this issue.

29.Qxb7+ Kxb7 Matt's strategy works. He has seen that with the queens off the board, and Black's king a file further removed from the kingside, he has a virtually won pawn endgame. 30.Kd2 Ke6 31.f4! White's hpawn becomes the focus of attention. 31...KdS 32.Ke3 bS 33.b3 33.fxgS was faster. 33 •..b4 34.fxgS KxeS 3S.h6 gxh6 36.gxh6 Kf6 37.gS+ A simple little move but one that may have come as an unpleasant shock to Black, whose king is now tied to prevent the h-pawn becoming a queen, while White's king can pick off the hapless Black pawns one by one. 37 ...Kg6 3S.Ke4 Kh7 39.KeS Kg6 40.Kf4 Kh7 41.KeS Kg6 42.Kd6 Kh7 43.KxcS Kg6 44.Kxb4 rs 4S.gxf6 Kxh6 46.a4 Kg6 47.aS Kxf6 4S.KcS KeS 49.b4 a6 SO.bS Black resigns 1-0

Matt writes: "This fifth round game was my first long game of the tournament, and I was very nervous being on Board One."

Matthew Fouts (1950) - Aram Varahram [B18] Caro Kann Defense

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HE Global Chess Challenge (S), OS.20.200S [Ken Hamilton} l.e4 e6 2.d4 dS 3.Nd2 dxe4 4.Nxe4 BfS S.Ng3 Bg6 6.Nf3 Nf6 7.h4 h6 S.hS Bh7 9.Bd3 Bxd3 10.Qxd3 e6 1l.Bf4 II.Bd2 may be more usual here, but I like the text move because it leads to a tense confrontation in the center that eventually is resolved in White's favor. 1l ...Bd6 12.NeS Qe7 13.Ne4 Nxe4 14.Qxe4 Nd7 IS.0-0-0 Diagram

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Finally, Jay annotates another tough game.

Jay Carr (2000) - Han Kreitner [A21] English Opening

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Tiviakov - Magem, New York 1998, went lS.Rh3 and Black responded with O-O-O.with an equal game. Matt's move seems more direct.1S •..eS this seems a little risky - surely lS ....Nf6 was safer 16.Kbl NxeS? Black is pursuing a dubious course, ceding the d-file to White. 17.dxeS Be7 IS.Rd3 18.Qa4+ was another possibility, virtually forcing 18...Qc6 and then wrecking Black's queenside pawn structure. IS ...RdS 19.RxdS+ KxdS The only alternative, Bxd8, meets with Qa4+ etc. 20.Rh3 Certainly as good as 20.Rdl +, offering a choice of files along the 3rd rank. 20 ...BgS 21.BxgS+ hxgS 22.g4 KeS 23.Rd3 RdS 24.Qe3 Rxd3 2S.exd3 Qe7 26.Kc2 b6 27.Qe4 White's powerfully placed queen threatens to infiltrate to both a8 and h7. 27 ..•KbS 2S.f3 A quiet move, waiting to see which way Black chooses to weaken his position. 2S...Qb7 Diagram

HE Global Chess Challenge Beech Grove (7), OS.21.200S I drift into a bad position out of the opening but am able to find an interesting idea (23. d4!?) and then a forced repetition. l.c4 g6 2.g3 Bg7 3.Bg2 eS 4.Ne3 Ne7 S.d3 Nbe6 6.e3 For some reason, instead of my normal repertoire move here (6. e4 with a Botvinnik set-up), I decide to playas in a Closed Sicilian Reversed. 6...d6 7.Rbl as S.Bd2 0-0 9.Nge2 Be6 10.NdS ifnot this, Black will play ...dS himself. 10...BxdS l1.cxdS NbS [11 ...Nb4 12.Qb3] 12.0-0 Nd7 13.Nc3 NcS 14.Qe2 Qd7 IS.b3 The knight cannot be allowed to remain on the strong cS-outpost so I begin working on nudging him out. IS ...RaeSI6.a3 b6 17.b4 axb4 IS.axb4 Nb7 19.Ral RaS 20.Rfel fS 21.Qf1 defending the first rank in case of multiple exchanges on the a-file, and also allowing Bh3 in some variations. 21. •.gS Not these variations. 22.RxaS RxaS 23.d4 [23.Ral Rxal 24.Qxal] 23 ...Ng6 [23 ...exd4 24.NbS Rc8 2S.Nxd4 Bxd4 26.exd4] 24.NbS? [missing the even stronger 24.dxeS NxeS 2S.NbS Rc8 26.Nd4] 24 .•.ReS 2S.Na7 RaS 26.NbS ReS 27.Na7 RaS 2S.NbS %-%

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1. TisdallPolgar. 33 ... Qa4+ An unpleasant surprise for White. If 34.Rxa4 then ... Rxa4+ 3S.Kbl Rh1+ with mate in two.

2. Polgar - Portisch (Gabor Portisch, not to be confused with one-time world champion candidate Lajos Portisch). 33.Rh3 - and the Black knight must wait helplessly while the White king meanders across and gobbles him up. 3. Polgar - Popovic 32.Qh6 and Black's best chance to survive loses after 32 ... g6 33.f6 Qf8 34.Rxg6+ fxg6 3S.Qxg6+ Kh8 36 Qxc2 picking up the rook. 4. Polugaevsky - Polgar. If you got this far then: hopefully, you saw 47 ... Rd2#. 5. Polgar - Rubinetti. Black's pieces are uncoordinated, and so 29. Ra4 wins the knight or, if29 ... Nc6 30.Qd3+ picks up the bishop on dS. 6. Polgar - Tiviakov. 42.Qh6 is a killer, threatening Qg7 followed by Rh8#. Black's only try is 42 ... Qe6, but this is answered by 43.Qg7 Qxe3+ 44.Kh2 Qf4+ 4S.g3 Qd2+ 46.Kh3 and Black is out of checks and out ofluck. 7. Kamsky - Polgar. 37 ... h5! Cutting off the White king's flight square while providing one for her own. After 38.Qf8+ Kh7 - game over. 8. Polgar - Anand. 34.Qg2 doesn't look like a crusher at first sight, but it is. Black can try to save the e-pawn with 34 ... ReS! But then 3S.Rd8+ Kf7 36.Qe2 QhS (or 36 ..RfS 37 Rd7+ Ke6 38.Rd2! RdS 39. Qa6+) 37.Qc4+ Kg6 38.fxeS. Other lines lose also, e.g. 34 ... Qg6 3S.Qxe4 Bf8 36.Rgl. 9. 38.Qe4 and the threat of discovered check pays off. 38 ... Kh8 39.Nxh6 QxhS 40.Ng4 NxeS 41. NxeS Kg8 42.Rh3 RxeS 43.dxeS. Or 38 ... Nf6 39.Bxf6 gxf6 40.c4 (or 40.Nd6+fS 41.Qe8! Qxe8 42.Nxe8 Kh8 43.Nf6) 40 ... RxfS 41.QxfS+ Finally 38 .... Rxe5 39.dxeS NcS 40.Qc2 Kh8 41.Rf3 winning easily. If you looked ahead and sawall these variations you are probably rated somewhere around 2300 or above; certainly I couldn't! The important thing is to spot the key move and realize that, as so often happens, good things will come of it.

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Muskegon Chess Club events ( Michigan Chess Assoc. membership not required). More information available from Steve Dumas, email: sdumas1@juno.com. Or phone (231) 798-2968. Seminole Shores Living Center (Activity room) 850 Seminole Rd., Muskegon, M149441. September 10, 1st• Annual Dbl. RR Championships. 12 rd. dbl. rr, 6 per section, rated (requires USCF membership) and non-rated. NS,NC,W. Minimum age, 12 years. Bring sets and clocks (none provided). G/45. EF: $20. Prizes, $60, $30 each section. Entries: Steve Dumas 1660 Helen Drive Muskegon, MI49441. More Muskegon tourneys coming October 8, November 5 and December 10. Miller Beach Chess Club All events at Wildermuth Library, 501 S. Lake Street, (Miller Beach area) Gary, IN.46403. Registration 10.30-10.50. a.m. 3SS. Rounds, 11, 1, 2.45.Time 10.30 -4.30. G/45. Sections: Open -over 1000. Under 1000. EF $10. Guaranteed prizes: Open section: 1'1.$50, z=. Trophy. Under 1000 section: 1'1.$25, 2nd• Trophy. Algebraic notation required. Bring chess sets and clocks. Complimentary lunch provided! Contact Lynn Navarro (219) 938 - 0903. email: webmaster@millerbeachchessclub.com web page: www.millerbeachchessclub.com. Tournament dates: July 16, August 20, October 15, November 19, December 17. ************************************************************************************************************************

Odds and Ends
White space, like a vacuum, demands to be filled. So here are some random comments that belong somewhere - why not here? - KH Games: Part by accident, part by design, some of the games in this issue are very heavily annotated, others carry the briefest of commentary and the rest are, shall we say, are moderately annotated. I guess you can play all of them through quickly, while if you like to see what move which GM played when, and why the line succeeded or failed, you can enjoy the deeper involvement afforded by those games that include lengthy analysis. I try to include as many diagrams as space permits, hopefully inserting them at a meaningful point in each game! September issue: Here you can expect to find news about Ben Inskeep's games at the Denker and Krista Selby's experiences at the Susan Polgar Invitational; Games from the Chicago Open, Masters/Generations and Indiana State Class championships (incidentally, although we had no time to publish a report on the Masters/Generations toumament which took place the weekend I was trying to wrap up this issue, the winners are reflected among titleholders on page 2). As in the last two years, we will produce crr early enough to be able to get it to you well before the annual meeting of members, to be held, as usual, between rounds on the second day of the Championship in September. This is important, as it will include, again as usual, a financial report for the fiscal year ending August 31, always something to chew upon © Glad to see Chess Life featured games by John Cole and Jason Doss in the June issue's report on the USAT Midwest. Of course, they had to be games they lost. .. However, the article did include a fine game by James Stephen Cates (they omitted "Stephen" though he is better known as "Steve"). Steve has had tremendous success in tournaments this year and I have begged him for some games, without getting any, so I didn't mind being scooped by Chess Life. Steve, please keep in touch!

Chess isfood for the brain

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June, 2005

TOURNAMENT

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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July 30. Indiana State Class Chainpionship. 4SS, G/90, Purdue Stewart Center, Purdue University, W.Lafayette. $$1750 b/64. 5 sections. MasterslExperts: $250-90-40 and upset 20. Class A: $225-85-40 and upset 20. Class B:$200-80-40 and upset 20. Class C: $185-80-40 and upset 20. Class D: $175-80-4- and upset 20. Medallions for lSI. and 2nd. In each class, and top Scholastic as well. Under Class D: lSI., 2nd. and 3rd. medallions. Entry: $39 at door, 34 in advance. $20 for current Indiana masters. $15 at door, lOin advance for U1200.Full entry fee rebate to Masters if entries reach 64. Special scholastic entry: in HS or below can enter at 'li price with the stipulation of being excluded from monetary prizes, every SSE counts as 'li towards entry base. Special U1200 entry $15 at door, $10 in advance, ineligible for monetary prizes, play with Class D and count 113 towards entry base. Enter ISCA, clo Roger Blaine, P.O.Box 353, Osceola, IN 46561, td@indianachess.org. 574-257-9033.

64th. Annual State Chess Championship, Kokomo, Indiana, September 24 - 25,2005. '
A Heritage Event! Sept.24 - 25. Indiana 64th. Annual State Chess Championship. 5SS, 40/105, SD/45. Johanning Civic Center, 1500 Reed Rd.(US 31), Kokomo. HR: $84. Courtyard by Marriott 765-453-0800.Res.by 9/6,or $79.Hampton Inn,765-4552900.Res.by 9/3. Special Ent: Group of 4 players ent. by 9/1 receive 10% off adv.ent. Special Scholastic Ent: Junior Members U18 can enter in the Open or Reserve at half price with the stipulation of not receiving any cash prizes. $$3400 b1150. Championship:EF $59 if received by 9/20, $69 at site. $$2150. Top 2 Prizes Gtd: $525-225, U2200 $210-85, U2000 $205-85, U1800 $200-85, Upset $50. Bonus State Champion Award Gtd ..$175. . Reserve U1600: EF: $49 if received by 9/Z0, $59 at site. $$1250: $230-115, Class C $160-80-50, Class D $155-80-50, Class E & Under $150-80-50, Upset $50. Reg: 8-9.30am, Rds: Sat. 10-3-8, Sun. 10-3.30. ISCA Membership Req'd: Adult $15, U18 $10, OSA. Ent: Gary J. Fox, 134 Wheatland Ave., Logansport, IN 46947.574-722-4965, president@indianachess.org. Sept. 24: Indiana State Beginners' Class Championship. 4SS, SD/30. Johanning Civic Center, 1500 Reed Rd. (US 31), Kokomo. Class E:(1199-1000) Awards for 1st_2nd_3rd. Class F: (999-800) Awards for 1sl_2nd_3rd. Class G (799-600) Awards for 1sl_2nd_3rd. Class H: (599-400) Awards for ls1_2nd_3rd. Class I & J: (399-1) Awards for lst_2nd_3rd. Unrated: Awards for lSI_Znd_3rd. EF: $10 ifrec'd by 9/20, $15 at site. Reg: 11am - 12.30pm, Rds: 1-2-3-4 pm. ISCA Membership Req'd: Adult $15, Ul8 $10, OSA. Ent: Gary J. Fox, 134 Wheatland Ave., Logansport, IN 46947.574-722-4965, president@indianachess.org. Sept. 23. Indiana State Blitz & Junior Blitz Championships. RR, SD/5. Courtyard by Marriott, 411 Kentucky Dr.Rd. (US 31), Kokomo. HR: $84. 765-453-0800 Res. By 9/6. $$300 b/36. Championship: EF $20 ifrec'd by 9/20, $25 at site, $100-5-25-15-15-15. Consolation (7SS): $20.-15-15, Ul600 $15, Ul200 $15. Junior (Students 18 & Under): EF: $5 ifrec'd by 9/20, $10 at site, Medallions lst_2nd_3rd, U1800, Ul600, U1400, U1200, UlOOO. Juniors will end by 9pm then optional to play in Consolation. All: Reg:6-7pm, 1st round begins 7.30pm. ISCA Membership Req'd: Adult $15, U18 $10,OSA. Ent: Gary J. Fox, 134 Wheatland Ave., Logansport, IN 46947.574-722-4965, president@indianachess.org. This is a quarterly publication; deadline for announcements is is". of previous month. Members will likely not receive the magazine until the zo". of the month of issue. See inside back cover for more tournament announcements E&OE

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